- 1 [intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to become impossible to see synonym vanish The plane disappeared behind a cloud. Lisa watched until the train disappeared from view.
- 2 [intransitive] to stop existing synonym vanish Her nervousness quickly disappeared once she was on stage. The problem won't just disappear. Our countryside is disappearing at an alarming rate.
- 3 [intransitive] to be lost or impossible to find synonym vanish I can never find a pen in this house. They disappear as soon as I buy them. disappear from something The child disappeared from his home some time after four. Word Origin late Middle English: from dis- (expressing reversal) + appear, on the pattern of French disparaître.Extra examples He started the treatment and his symptoms disappeared overnight. Her father disappeared without trace when she was ten. Her personal website quietly disappeared from the Internet. His grin momentarily disappeared from his face. Lucy watched his tall figure disappear into the cafe. She watched until he had disappeared from view. The controversy is not going to magically disappear. The plane suddenly just disappeared from the radar screen. The smile disappeared to be replaced by a doleful frown. The sun disappeared behind a cloud. The traditional way of life has all but disappeared. The woman literally disappeared on her way home from work one night. These forests could disappear altogether in the next twenty years. Why have 2.5 million manufacturing jobs disappeared in the last twenty years? Wildlife is fast disappearing from our countryside. With that, Matt promptly disappeared. a rapidly disappearing way of life Lisa watched until the train disappeared from view. The problem won’t just disappear.
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BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪr//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they disappear
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪr//he / she / it disappears
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪrz//past simple disappeared
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪrd//past participle disappeared
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪrd//-ing form disappearing
BrE BrE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˌdɪsəˈpɪrɪŋ//