to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible: The frost vanished when the sun came out.
to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure: The thief vanished in the night.
to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end: The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.
Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.
to cause to disappear.
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.
- 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
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How to use vanish in a sentence
The amount of vanished bitcoins was 650,000 BTC (or 24.7 billion yen).Japanese Bitcoin Heist ‘an Inside Job,’ Not Hackers Alone | Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky, Jake Adelstein | January 1, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
Five times during that span, the majority of species on the planet vanished in a short interval of time.Heed the Warnings: Why We’re on the Brink of Mass Extinction | Sean B. Carroll | November 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Yet five years later, the news operation has vanished and TRN is now a shell of its former self.
Houses were evacuated and stripped bare, and civilians vanished at the sight of a truck.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis | Nina Strochlic | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The friendly aura vanished, her eyes dead, voice robotic and confident she was correct.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush | Sujay Kumar | November 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4 | Jane Porter
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
to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
to cease to exist; fade away
maths to become zero
phonetics rare the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
- 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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