Definition of vanish verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    vanish

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they vanish
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃ//
     
    he / she / it vanishes
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃɪz//
     
    past simple vanished
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃt//
     
    past participle vanished
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃt//
     
    -ing form vanishing
    BrE BrE//ˈvænɪʃɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈvænɪʃɪŋ//
     
     
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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 trace.
  2. 2[intransitive] to stop existing the vanishing woodlands of Europe All hopes of a peaceful settlement had now vanished. All thoughts of leaving vanished from his mind.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: shortening of Old French e(s)vaniss-, lengthened stem of e(s)vanir, from Latin evanescere ‘die away’.Extra examples At a stroke she could make things vanish into thin air. Her feelings of shyness rapidly vanished. I turned around and she had simply vanished. Many of these old cinemas have now vanished altogether. Much of the land we loved has vanished forever. She vanished into the mist. The people who built this temple have long since vanished. This plant is vanishing from our countryside. a man who mysteriously vanished from his home last month a way of life that has now all but vanished The boys vanished without trace during a snowstorm. The canal crosses the site of an ancient lake, long since vanished. the vanishing woodlands of northern EuropeIdioms
    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 a disappearing/vanishing act
     
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    (informal) to go away or be impossible to find when people need or want you
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