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See synonyms for: vanishvanishedvanishingvanishment on

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.

  1. to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end: The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.

  2. Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to disappear.

  1. 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; Middle English vanisshen,vanissen<Middle French evaniss-, long stem of e(s)vanir ≪ Latin ex-ex-1 + vānēscere to pass away, equivalent to vān(us) vain + -ēscere inchoative suffix

synonym study For vanish

1. See disappear.

Other words for vanish

Opposites for vanish

Other words from vanish

  • van·ish·er, noun
  • van·ish·ing·ly, adverb
  • van·ish·ment, noun
  • non·van·ish·ing, adjective
  • outvanish, verb (used with object)
  • un·van·ish·ing, adjective

Words Nearby vanish Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use vanish in a sentence

  • And then he hung up, left the station to vanish into the murk of the rain swept night.

  • But indeed, it was useless to rub her eyes, the dwarfs did not vanish, and so she was obliged to believe that they were real.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France
  • He remained on his feet just long enough to see his Time Observatory dim and vanish.

    The Man from Time | Frank Belknap Long
  • I would have cried like a child who sees the castle he has been dreaming about vanish away as he awakens from sleep.

    Camille (La Dame aux Camilias) | Alexandre Dumas, fils
  • And by the same token the good Duchess has seen her hair grow white and her gaiety vanish.

    Honey-Bee | Anatole France

British Dictionary definitions for vanish


/ (ˈvænɪʃ) /

  1. to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously

  2. to cease to exist; fade away

  1. maths to become zero

  1. phonetics rare the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong

Origin of vanish

C14: vanissen, from Old French esvanir, from Latin ēvānēscere to evaporate, from ē- ex- 1 + vānēscere to pass away, from vānus empty

Derived forms of vanish

  • vanisher, noun
  • vanishingly, adverb

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Other Idioms and Phrases with vanish


see under into thin air.

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