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[van-ish] /ˈvæn ɪʃ/
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
Related forms
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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Examples from the web for vanished
  • 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.
  • In addition, insects are small and difficult to find, making it difficult to confirm whether species have vanished for good.
  • Many of the bodies themselves vanished when they were reburied or left to decompose.
  • And mammals sat poised to fill the void that soon would be left by the vanished dinosaurs.
  • Though the mammoth genome might not bring the extinct animals back to life, it could help scientists learn why they vanished.
  • They serve as time capsules, left unintentionally, for future generations to understand a vanished people.
  • Resurrecting these vanished people would demand a blend of scholarship and artistic talent.
British Dictionary definitions for vanished


verb (intransitive)
to disappear, esp suddenly or mysteriously
to cease to exist; fade away
(maths) to become zero
(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 vanished



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 vanished


see under into thin air
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