Definition of disappear in English:



  • 1 Cease to be visible.

    ‘he disappeared into the trees’
    ‘the sun had disappeared’
    • ‘His figure was disappearing just around the corner now… almost gone.’
    • ‘She looked back once and flashed me a small but dazzling smile then disappeared into the crowd.’
    • ‘The bird flapped soundlessly into the air and disappeared into the glare of the overhead sun.’
    • ‘The 62-year-old watched as the ferocious feline sprinted for 30 seconds before it disappeared into woodland near a reservoir.’
    • ‘Before Kayline could recover from her surprise, he had disappeared into the crowd.’
    • ‘It was only a couple of minutes ago since the sun just about disappeared into the clouds and the clouds, in turn, turned the color of a dull gray.’
    • ‘We walked slowly along the promenade eating our ice creams and the sun was just disappearing over the horizon.’
    • ‘I watch as a flash, of white past through to trees, then disappeared again into the darkness.’
    • ‘The sun was disappearing over the horizon, and Eleanor hasn't moved an inch.’
    • ‘"Nice meeting you, " waved Joey, as the beautiful girl disappeared down the hall.’
    • ‘He yawned as the last glimpses of the July sun disappeared over the horizon.’
    • ‘The sun framed it as it disappeared into the distance.’
    • ‘He looked around for a moment then disappeared around the corner.’
    • ‘When the sun rose a little higher and grew warm, they disappeared into the forest.’
    • ‘Leon and Chris watched until he completely disappeared around the corner.’
    • ‘Unable to get close its prey, it walked backwards disappearing into the darkness.’
    • ‘I stare at the back of his head until he disappears down another hallway.’
    • ‘Sighing, Julie says a polite goodbye to Clark and disappears up the stairs.’
    • ‘In utter amazement, Kirby found herself standing alone on the curb watching Jason's taillights disappear into the night.’
    • ‘Al gave a hearty laugh as the two disappeared into the stables, the sun setting bright colors behind them.’
    vanish, pass from sight, cease to be visible, vanish from sight, recede from view, be lost to sight, be lost to view, fade, fade away, melt away
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    1. 1.1Cease to exist or be in use.
      ‘the tension had completely disappeared’
      • ‘The lecturer combated the view that national style in highly-developed music either did not exist or was now disappearing.’
      • ‘Symptoms disappeared one month after cessation of soybean ingestion.’
      • ‘One of Bradford's best known landmarks disappeared in a puff of smoke yesterday.’
      • ‘For better or worse, many of the boundaries that previously existed have disappeared.’
      • ‘Brandon said as his smile soon disappeared off his face.’
      • ‘Just as it had quickly appeared her smile had completely disappeared just as quickly.’
      • ‘The frown disappeared from his face, leaving an expression of seriousness.’
      • ‘But as this year's Budget approaches, speculation is rife that certain exemptions and reliefs which currently exist are about to disappear.’
      • ‘Dialects could soon disappear altogether as accents in urban areas merge into one.’
      • ‘Other and more influential causes of disease must have existed that subsequently disappeared.’
      • ‘The mystery of Atlantis, both whether it existed and why it disappeared, has fired the imagination of explorers for decades.’
      • ‘The money being loaned out hasn't disappeared, it still exists and by golly it is still making profits for the bankers.’
      • ‘Even the fireplace was covered, whatever warmth having once existed there disappeared.’
      • ‘One reads with sadness reports that in Germany funeral practices are rapidly disappearing altogether.’
      • ‘Thus, after slavery ended, former slaves caught up to free blacks, and the large literacy gap that existed between them disappeared.’
      • ‘In addition, the incidence of lung cancer and deaths from all causes decreased but did not disappear completely after the supplementation ceased.’
      • ‘That reference, if it ever existed - has now disappeared from the site.’
      • ‘Unless males are brought in from elsewhere, these herds will soon disappear altogether.’
      • ‘There is growing evidence that what central control of them existed has now disappeared and we are back to local fiefdoms doing their own sectarian things.’
      • ‘Each time he gets the shot the symptoms disappear within hours.’
      die out, die, become extinct, cease to be, cease to exist, be no more, come to an end, end, pass away, pass into oblivion, expire, perish, wither away, peter out, fizzle out, leave no trace
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    2. 1.2(of a thing) be mislaid.
      ‘my wallet seems to have disappeared’
      • ‘If there's a good thing in lost property, sometimes it will disappear before anyone's had time to claim it.’
      • ‘Red-faced security chiefs have now discovered that a special receipt book - the only record that the purse had ever existed - has also disappeared.’
      • ‘The Swindon Branch operates a lost and found register to assist those who are concerned about a stray or whose cat has disappeared.’
      get lost, go missing, be mislaid, be forgotten, be left behind
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    3. 1.3(of a person) go missing or (in coded political language) be killed.
      ‘the family disappeared after being taken into custody’
      • ‘Men have been mysteriously disappearing without a single trace.’
      • ‘Inexplicably, Robert then disappears - there is a suggestion to break free of his drinking, but we never really know.’
      • ‘He said his son had practiced survival techniques in sub-zero temperatures and dismissed any possibility that he deliberately disappeared.’
      • ‘The Senator's family said he had disappeared just after dinner the night before.’
      • ‘Within 12 hours, Jack has disappeared, a hitman is stalking her family and the safe world she knows has been turned upside down.’
      • ‘He, too, thought that she had simply disappeared.’
      • ‘More than 150,000 people disappeared or were killed and 440 Indigenous villages were completely wiped out.’
      • ‘More than 500 Aboriginal women have disappeared or been killed in the last 20 years.’
      • ‘More of the story is told by Heather, Jason's girlfriend, after Jason disappears.’
      • ‘In the end, he too disappears, just like his grandfather.’
      • ‘Events accelerate on a transatlantic flight to London as passengers suddenly disappear without a trace.’
      • ‘I recovered in a nearby city and once I had fully recovered I went in search of my family to just find that you had disappeared and Sylvia lied dead on the floor.’
      • ‘Their father had left the family after Jeff was born; he simply disappeared.’
      • ‘So, he's very much the pivotal figure in the signing and the forging of that peace deal and the fact that he has now disappeared will make it very difficult for that peace deal to survive.’
      • ‘Answering questions from the prosecution, she painted an everyday domestic picture of how she was at her home with her children on the day that Robert disappeared.’
      • ‘I noticed it had gotten late, and my family was no doubt worrying where I had disappeared to.’
      • ‘People disappeared and were killed after people had informed on them.’
      • ‘Thomas disappeared in September 2001 when he was 24.’
      • ‘In fact, Martin disappeared from the family home the day the old man died mysteriously on the staircase.’


Late Middle English: from dis- (expressing reversal) + appear, on the pattern of French disparaître.