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Definition of vanish verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vanish
    he / she / it vanishes
    past simple vanished
    -ing form vanishing
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  1. 1[intransitive] to disappear suddenly and/or in a way that you cannot explain He turned around and vanished into the house. The magician vanished in a puff of smoke. My glasses seem to have vanished. He vanished without a trace.
  2. 2[intransitive] to stop existing the vanishing woodlands of California All hopes of a peaceful settlement had now vanished. All thoughts of leaving vanished from his mind.
  3. Idioms
    disappear/vanish off the face of the earth
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    to disappear completely Keep looking—they can't just have vanished off the face of the earth.
    do, perform, stage, etc. a disappearing/vanishing act (informal)
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    to go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: vanish