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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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to disappear.
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  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.
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Origin of vanish

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 formsvan·ish·er, nounvan·ish·ing·ly, adverbvan·ish·ment, nounnon·van·ish·ing, adjectiveout·van·ish, verb (used with object)un·van·ish·ing, adjective


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1. See disappear.


1. appear.
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  • But Andrew, with the chestnut running like a red flash beneath him, had vanished.

  • 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.

  • My troubles grew too great to bear, then vanished in an hour.

British Dictionary definitions for vanished


verb (intr)
  1. to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
  2. to cease to exist; fade away
  3. maths to become zero
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  1. phonetics rare the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
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Derived Formsvanisher, nounvanishingly, 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



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.

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Idioms and Phrases with vanished


see under into thin air.

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