dis appear

disappear

[dis-uh-peer]
verb (used without object)
1.
to cease to be seen; vanish from sight.
2.
to cease to exist or be known; pass away; end gradually: One by one the symptoms disappeared.
3.
(of a person) to vanish under suspicious circumstances: The dictator's outspoken opponent disappeared that evening, shortly after midnight.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to disappear: The magician then disappeared the card.
5.
to kidnap or arrest and then imprison or kill (a political opponent) without due process of law.
noun (used with a plural verb)
6.
the disappeared, political opponents who are caused to disappear, as by kidnapping: the disappeared of Argentina.

Origin:
1520–30; dis-1 + appear

nondisappearing, adjective
undisappearing, adjective


1. Disappear, fade, vanish suggest that something passes from sight. Disappear is used of whatever suddenly or gradually goes out of sight: We watched him turn down a side street and then disappear. Fade suggests a (complete or partial) disappearance that proceeds gradually and often by means of a blending into something else: Colors in the sky at sunrise quickly fade. Vanish suggests complete, generally rapid, and often mysterious disappearance: A mirage can vanish as suddenly as it appears.
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disappear (ˌdɪsəˈpɪə)
 
vb
1.  (intr) to cease to be visible; vanish
2.  (intr) to go away or become lost, esp secretly or without explanation
3.  (intr) to cease to exist, have effect, or be known; become extinct or lost: the pain has disappeared
4.  (tr) (esp in South and Central America) to arrest secretly and presumably imprison or kill (a member of an opposing political group)
 
disap'pearance
 
n

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disappear
1520s, from dis- "do the opposite of" (see dis-) + appear. Related: Disappeared; disappearing; disappears. Slang disappearing act is originally of magic shows; in figurative sense of "getting away" first attested 1913.
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