Definition of vanish in English:

vanish

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1Disappear suddenly and completely.

    ‘Mary vanished without a trace’
    • ‘Police say there is still no trace of a York civil servant who went mysteriously vanished almost four weeks ago.’
    • ‘Afterwards the woman left quickly as the credits rolled, vanishing out into the street.’
    • ‘I was confident until the moment I took my turn and stood there alone in front of the class, when the lyrics suddenly vanished from my brain.’
    • ‘He smiles back instantly, then the smile vanishes quickly as Ben turns to face him.’
    • ‘Her smile suddenly vanished from her face and she took a step back.’
    • ‘His spine straightened and all traces of humor vanished from his face.’
    • ‘As the horse and rider vanished into the mist I braced myself for the next apparition.’
    • ‘He had vanished from work on July 21 last year leaving his jacket on the back of his chair, his name tag on the desk and his car locked up in his consultant's parking bay.’
    • ‘However, after being put out to cool, the pie mysteriously vanished without trace.’
    • ‘The suspected killer, who vanished from the scene soon after the attack, was described as being black, about six feet tall, and of a skinny build.’
    • ‘Just before he vanished around the corner, I called out to him.’
    • ‘We were able to watch it for several more seconds before it vanished into darkness.’
    • ‘All he knew is that his father's money had mysteriously disappeared, vanished into thin air for all he knew.’
    • ‘A distraught mother whose special needs son has vanished from his east Belfast home is praying for his safe return.’
    • ‘She had vanished completely without leaving one single trace.’
    • ‘She vanished from the family home on Saturday, February 16 last year.’
    • ‘Her words trailed off to a whisper as she suddenly vanished into nowhere.’
    • ‘It was as if she had just vanished from the house, leaving traces of herself everywhere.’
    • ‘I just wanted to punch him, making that stupid grin vanish from his face forever.’
    • ‘His joy and happiness had vanished in that instant; his jittery, excited spirit was gone.’
    disappear, vanish into thin air, be lost to sight, be lost to view, be invisible, become invisible, evaporate, dissipate, disperse, fade, fade away, melt away, evanesce, recede from view, withdraw, depart, leave, go away
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    1. 1.1 Gradually cease to exist.
      ‘the days of the extended family are vanishing’
      • ‘A million years before a mass extinction event, the corals vanish, more or less.’
      • ‘The salmon vanished from the Swiss Rhine by the 1930s and from the German Rhine by the 1950s.’
      • ‘The ideals which he stood for have vanished from society.’
      • ‘Natural prey is vanishing in the dwindling forests, resulting in leopards hunting cattle and people for food.’
      • ‘Springs will all have vanished, all the rivers will cease foaming.’
      • ‘It is one thing to acknowledge the existence of powerful homogenizing tendencies in the world, but it is quite another to assert that the cultural diversity existing on our planet is destined to vanish.’
      • ‘The message to be learnt from this festival could be that the reading habit has vanished from our homes, while books are safe in libraries.’
      • ‘After several years of decline, they have vanished almost completely in the waters around Orkney and Shetland.’
      • ‘Adyar Creek is one such open space, which is gradually vanishing from the city map.’
      • ‘The US corporate owners won't be needed, and their firms will gradually find their sales drying up, their market share vanishing, and their stock tanking.’
      • ‘If the species is allowed to vanish, scientists believe it will foreshadow the extinction of a host of other marine species.’
      • ‘By the time it vanished from daytime activities, the tailcoat had assumed the form we recognize today.’
      • ‘By the time I entered graduate school, the sense of bewilderment had vanished.’
      • ‘As he put more distance between him and his family, the ache in his bones gradually vanished.’
      • ‘The great British Empire has collapsed and vanished before our very eyes.’
      • ‘We are training people for a type of work that is vanishing before our eyes.’
      • ‘In British Columbia, ancient forests are vanishing at the rate of one acre every 70 seconds, or 418,000 acres per year.’
      come to an end, end, cease to be, cease to exist, pass away, pass, die out, be no more, become extinct, become obsolete, evaporate
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  • 2Mathematics
    Become zero.

    • ‘There are no non-zero harmonic forms and so by Hodge theory the first Betti number vanishes.’
    • ‘In mathematics, a root (or a zero) of a complex-valued function f is a member x of the domain of f such that f(x) vanishes at x.’

Origin

Middle English: shortening of Old French e(s)vaniss-, lengthened stem of e(s)vanir, from Latin evanescere ‘die away’.

Pronunciation

vanish

/ˈvænɪʃ//ˈvaniSH/