Definition of disappear in English:
- It was only a couple of minutes ago since the sun just about disappeared into the clouds and the clouds, in turn, turned the color of a dull gray.
- When the sun rose a little higher and grew warm, they disappeared into the forest.
- The sun framed it as it disappeared into the distance.
- The mystery of Atlantis, both whether it existed and why it disappeared, has fired the imagination of explorers for decades.
- For better or worse, many of the boundaries that previously existed have disappeared.
- But as this year's Budget approaches, speculation is rife that certain exemptions and reliefs which currently exist are about to disappear.
- The Swindon Branch operates a lost and found register to assist those who are concerned about a stray or whose cat has disappeared.
- If there's a good thing in lost property, sometimes it will disappear before anyone's had time to claim it.
- Red-faced security chiefs have now discovered that a special receipt book - the only record that the purse had ever existed - has also disappeared.
- In fact, Martin disappeared from the family home the day the old man died mysteriously on the staircase.
- The Senator's family said he had disappeared just after dinner the night before.
- Within 12 hours, Jack has disappeared, a hitman is stalking her family and the safe world she knows has been turned upside down.
The usual sense of disappear, ‘to cease to be visible’, appeared in the late Middle Ages. In the late 20th century English acquired a new construction, in which a person could be ‘disappeared’—abducted or arrested for political reasons and secretly killed or detained without public knowledge. This came from Latin America, especially Argentina, and involves a translation of American Spanish desaparecido, applied to the many people who ‘disappeared’ under military rule in the 1970s.
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