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[dis-uh-peer] /ˌdɪs əˈpɪər/
verb (used without object)
to cease to be seen; vanish from sight.
to cease to exist or be known; pass away; end gradually:
One by one the symptoms disappeared.
(of a person) to vanish under suspicious circumstances:
The dictator's outspoken opponent disappeared that evening, shortly after midnight.
verb (used with object)
to cause to disappear:
The magician then disappeared the card.
to kidnap or arrest and then imprison or kill (a political opponent) without due process of law.
noun, (used with a plural verb)
the disappeared, political opponents who are caused to disappear, as by kidnapping:
the disappeared of Argentina.
Origin of disappear
1520-30; dis-1 + appear
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disappeared
  • The indifferent, rather cynical look which was on her face throughout the trial had entirely disappeared.
  • The threats to world growth have receded-though they have not disappeared.
  • Some tongues have disappeared instantly, with small, vulnerable communities wiped out by natural disasters.
  • Gao into custody told one of his brothers that he had simply disappeared during a walk.
  • The creature it belonged to ploughed against the current for a while, and then disappeared.
  • As temperatures became colder, the vegetation that sustained the large herbivores disappeared.
  • The taxi disappeared around a distant corner in a cloud of its own dust.
  • If vine-ripened tomatoes have already disappeared in your area, use cherry tomatoes.
  • We have gone from lives immersed in nature to lives in which nature appears to have disappeared.
  • These were covered up with mirrors during shooting, so that they reflected the surrounding desert and disappeared.
British Dictionary definitions for disappeared


(intransitive) to cease to be visible; vanish
(intransitive) to go away or become lost, esp secretly or without explanation
(intransitive) to cease to exist, have effect, or be known; become extinct or lost: the pain has disappeared
(transitive) (esp in South and Central America) to arrest secretly and presumably imprison or kill (a member of an opposing political group)
Derived Forms
disappearance, noun
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Word Origin and History for disappeared



early 15c., disaperen, from dis- "do the opposite of" + appear. Earlier was disparish (early 15c.), from French disparaiss-, stem of disparaître. Related: Disappeared; disappearing; disappears. Slang disappearing act is originally of magic shows; in figurative sense of "getting away" first attested 1913.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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