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[ev-uh-nes, ev-uh-nes] /ˌɛv əˈnɛs, ˈɛv əˌnɛs/
verb (used without object), evanesced, evanescing.
to disappear gradually; vanish; fade away.
Origin of evanesce
1815-25; < Latin ēvānēscere to vanish
Related forms
evanescence, noun
evanescible, adjective
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  • The server gets grumpy, and the bartender probably keeps it warm on top of the machine, letting all the flavor evanesce.
British Dictionary definitions for evanesce


(intransitive) (of smoke, mist, etc) to fade gradually from sight; vanish
Word Origin
C19: from Latin ēvānēscere to disappear; see vanish
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Word Origin and History for evanesce

1822, a back-formation from evanescence, or else from Latin evanescere "to pass away, vanish" (see evanescent).

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