to cease to be seen; vanish from sight.
to cease to exist or be known; pass away; end gradually: One by one the symptoms disappeared.
(of a person) to vanish under suspicious circumstances: The dictator's outspoken opponent disappeared that evening, shortly after midnight.
to cause to disappear: The magician then disappeared the card.
to kidnap or arrest and then imprison or kill (a political opponent) without due process of law.
- non·dis·ap·pear·ing, adjective
- un·dis·ap·pear·ing, adjective
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How to use disappear in a sentence
Students leave Sullivan for forced marriages, or their families move, or they simply disappear from the roster.At a Chicago high school, helping refugee students navigate American life | Martha Toll | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
During that time, a flood of reports from female Afghan journalists began to emerge, in which they detailed their experiences watching their freedom disappear overnight and relinquished to Taliban militants and newly imposed Sharia law.‘Last Chance to Leave’: The Fight to Get One Woman Out of Afghanistan | Diana Falzone | August 26, 2021 | The Daily Beast
If MJ, for instance, forgets his secret identity, their bond will disappear.Every Single Detail of the Spider-Man: No Way Home Trailer, Explained | Eliana Dockterman | August 24, 2021 | Time
Once that’s done, you’ll see a small thumbnail down in the lower left-hand corner—tap the Edit button next to the thumbnail before it disappears to start tweaking and annotating your picture.
We know that people are disappearing—not to be heard from again.
It is wild that something that would seem to be so scandalous would just disappear from the press.Inside the Lifetime Whitney Houston Movie’s Lesbian Lover Storyline | Kevin Fallon | December 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ultimately, all it took was the mere mention of a lawyer for the perpetrator to delete the accounts and disappear completely.A Female Writer’s New Milestone: Her First Death Threat | Annie Gaus | December 1, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The CAP paper estimates that if current trends continue unabated, overtime pay will disappear entirely by 2026.
The brash, engaged, occasionally self-centered ex-lawmaker seemed to retreat inward and practically disappear.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing | Shane Harris, Tim Mak | November 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Because this food source could abruptly disappear at any time, cutworm moths cannot be counted on to replace pine nuts.
The color does not disappear upon boiling, which excludes diacetic acid.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
The hills disappear some miles above this city, and henceforward to the sea all is flat and tame as a marsh.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Quinin causes them rapidly to disappear from the peripheral blood, and few or none may be found after its administration.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
As I receded, the watery veil would disappear, and as I approached it would again take form.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
Sometimes a trenchful of the enemy would fire a volley and half of them disappear through gullies leading to other cover.The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
British Dictionary definitions for disappear
(intr) to cease to be visible; vanish
(intr) to go away or become lost, esp secretly or without explanation
(intr) to cease to exist, have effect, or be known; become extinct or lost: the pain has disappeared
(tr) (esp in South and Central America) to arrest secretly and presumably imprison or kill (a member of an opposing political group)
- disappearance, noun
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