verb (used without object)
to disappear from sight, especially quickly; become invisible: The frost vanished when the sun came out.
to go away, especially furtively or mysteriously; disappear by quick departure: The thief vanished in the night.
to disappear by ceasing to exist; come to an end: The pain vanished after he took an aspirin.
Mathematics. (of a number, quantity, or function) to become zero.
verb (used with object)
to cause to disappear.
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.

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

vanisher, noun
vanishingly, adverb
vanishment, noun
nonvanishing, adjective
outvanish, verb (used with object)
unvanishing, adjective

1. evanesce. See disappear.

1. appear. Unabridged
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vanish (ˈvænɪʃ)
1.  to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
2.  to cease to exist; fade away
3.  maths to become zero
4.  rare phonetics the second and weaker of the two vowels in a falling diphthong
[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 & History

c.1300, from aphetic form of stem of O.Fr. esvanir "disappear," from V.L. *exvanire, from L. evanescere "disappear, die out," from ex- "out" + vanescere "vanish," from vanus "empty" (see vain). Vanishing point in perspective drawing is recorded from 1797.
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Example sentences
White plankton shells vanished from the seafloor mud, shifting its color from
  white to red.
These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in areas
  where their traditional prey has vanished.
Following the riverbank underground, the team was forced to cross several times
  when the bank vanished.
These animals are often sick and unable to hunt normally, or live in an area
  where their traditional prey has vanished.
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