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vanish

[van-ish] /ˈvæn ɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible:
The frost vanished when the sun came out.
2.
to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure:
The thief vanished in the night.
3.
to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end:
The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.
4.
Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to disappear.
noun
6.
Phonetics. the last part of a vowel sound when it differs noticeably in quality from the main sound, as the faint (ē) at the end of the (ā) in the pronunciation of pain.
Origin of vanish
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English vanisshen, vanissen < Middle French evaniss-, long stem of e(s)vanirLatin ex- ex-1 + vānēscere to pass away, equivalent to vān(us) vain + -ēscere inchoative suffix
Related forms
vanisher, noun
vanishingly, adverb
vanishment, noun
nonvanishing, adjective
outvanish, verb (used with object)
unvanishing, adjective
Synonyms
1. evanesce.
Antonyms
1. appear.
Synonym Study
1. See disappear.
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Examples from the Web for vanished
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  • But Andrew, with the chestnut running like a red flash beneath him, had vanished.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • The delusion has now vanished, and made room for sober reason and reflection.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • A moment later they were on the downward slope, and she had vanished from their view.

    The White Company Arthur Conan Doyle
  • All the fear, all the sweet shame that I had felt before him vanished.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • My troubles grew too great to bear, then vanished in an hour.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
British Dictionary definitions for vanished

vanish

/ˈvænɪʃ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
2.
to cease to exist; fade away
3.
(maths) to become zero
noun
4.
(phonetics, rare) the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
Derived Forms
vanisher, noun
vanishingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: vanissen, from Old French esvanir, from Latin ēvānēscere to evaporate, from ē-ex-1 + vānēscere to pass away, from vānus empty
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Word Origin and History for vanished

vanish

v.

c.1300, from shortened form of stem of Old French esvanir "disappear," from Vulgar Latin *exvanire, from Latin evanescere "disappear, die out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish," from vanus "empty" (see vain). Related: Vanished; vanishing. Vanishing point in perspective drawing is recorded from 1797.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Idioms and Phrases with vanished

vanish

see under into thin air
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