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vanish

[van-ish] /ˈvæn ɪʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible:
The frost vanished when the sun came out.
2.
to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure:
The thief vanished in the night.
3.
to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end:
The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.
4.
Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.
verb (used with object)
5.
to cause to disappear.
noun
6.
Phonetics. the last part of a vowel sound when it differs noticeably in quality from the main sound, as the faint (ē) at the end of the (ā) in the pronunciation of pain.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English vanisshen, vanissen < Middle French evaniss-, long stem of e(s)vanirLatin ex- ex- + vānēscere to pass away, equivalent to vān(us) vain + -ēscere inchoative suffix
Related forms
vanisher, noun
vanishingly, adverb
vanishment, noun
nonvanishing, adjective
outvanish, verb (used with object)
unvanishing, adjective
Synonyms
1. evanesce. See disappear.
Antonyms
1. appear.
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British Dictionary definitions for vanish

vanish

/ˈvænɪʃ/
verb (intransitive)
1.
to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
2.
to cease to exist; fade away
3.
(maths) to become zero
noun
4.
(phonetics, rare) the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
Derived Forms
vanisher, noun
vanishingly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: vanissen, from Old French esvanir, from Latin ēvānēscere to evaporate, from ē-ex-1 + vānēscere to pass away, from vānus empty
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Word Origin and History for vanish
v.

c.1300, from shortened form of stem of Old French esvanir "disappear," from Vulgar Latin *exvanire, from Latin evanescere "disappear, die out," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + vanescere "vanish," from vanus "empty" (see vain). Related: Vanished; vanishing. Vanishing point in perspective drawing is recorded from 1797.

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Idioms and Phrases with vanish

vanish

see under into thin air
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