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Line breaks: evan|esce
Pronunciation: /ˌiːvəˈnɛs
, ɛv-/

Definition of evanesce in English:


[no object] literary
Pass out of sight, memory, or existence: water moves among reeds, evanesces, shines
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  • There was also the folk memory of real poverty, which might be rapidly evanescing, but still persisted in most families.
  • Like the lovers seated on the grass outside, the music evanesces along the narrowing vista between the trees, and the fountain flows only to ebb.
  • One of the greatest linguists of the day, Noam Chomsky, believes that the complexity of English has many advantages, signposting roots and connections while allowing subtleties that might otherwise evanesce.


mid 19th century: from Latin evanescere, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out of' + vanus 'empty'.

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