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

How to use vanish in a sentence

  • The tiny frown reappeared between her eyes, lingered a trifle longer than before, and vanished.

    The Wave | Algernon Blackwood
  • The look of distress had vanished, and his sincere eyes seemed to shine again with courage and with strength.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens
  • The Cardinal then hinted, that Wharton had vanished on some occult mission, to circumvent the Italian investiture.

  • And saying a hasty good afternoon, he popped through his doorway and vanished at Billy Woodchuck's feet.

    The Tale of Grandfather Mole | Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Before he could say a word she had crossed a little terrace, disappeared through a French window, and vanished into the villa.

    Bella Donna | Robert Hichens

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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