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Syllabification: van·ish
Pronunciation: /ˈvaniSH

Definition of vanish in English:


[no object]
1Disappear suddenly and completely: Mary vanished without a trace
More example sentences
  • I was confident until the moment I took my turn and stood there alone in front of the class, when the lyrics suddenly vanished from my brain.
  • Her smile suddenly vanished from her face and she took a step back.
  • Her words trailed off to a whisper as she suddenly vanished into nowhere.
disappear, be lost to sight/view, become invisible, vanish into thin air, recede from view, dematerialize
1.1Gradually cease to exist: the days of the extended family are vanishing
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  • Adyar Creek is one such open space, which is gradually vanishing from the city map.
  • As he put more distance between him and his family, the ache in his bones gradually vanished.
  • The US corporate owners won't be needed, and their firms will gradually find their sales drying up, their market share vanishing, and their stock tanking.
fade, fade away, evaporate, vaporize, melt away, come to an end, end, cease to exist, pass away, die out, be no more
2 Mathematics Become zero.
Example sentences
  • In mathematics, a root (or a zero) of a complex-valued function f is a member x of the domain of f such that f(x) vanishes at x.
  • There are no non-zero harmonic forms and so by Hodge theory the first Betti number vanishes.


Middle English: shortening of Old French e(s)vaniss-, lengthened stem of e(s)vanir, from Latin evanescere 'die away'.

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