AskDefine | Define vanish

Dictionary Definition



1 get lost, especially without warning or explanation; "He disappeared without a trace" [syn: disappear, go away] [ant: appear]
2 become invisible or unnoticeable; "The effect vanished when day broke" [syn: disappear, go away]
3 pass away rapidly; "Time flies like an arrow"; "Time fleeing beneath him" [syn: fly, fell]
4 cease to exist; "An entire civilization vanished" [syn: disappear] [ant: appear]
5 decrease rapidly and disappear; "the money vanished in las Vegas"; "all my stock assets have vaporized" [syn: fly, vaporize]

User Contributed Dictionary



Aphetic for obsolete evanish, Old French esvanir, esvaniss- (French évanouir), Vulgar Latin evanescere, from vanus, "empty".


  • /ˈvænɪʃ/
  • /"v@nIS/


  1. To become invisible or to move out of view unnoticed.
  2. To become equal to zero.
    The function f(x)=x^2 vanishes at x=0.



Extensive Definition

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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abandon, abscond, be annihilated, be consumed, be destroyed, be done for, be gone, be no more, be wiped out, beat a retreat, bow out, cease, cease to be, cease to exist, clear, come to naught, come to nothing, conk out, dematerialize, depart, die, die away, die out, disappear, dispel, disperse, dissipate, dissolve, do a fade-out, dwindle, end, erode, evacuate, evanesce, evaporate, exit, expire, fade, fade away, fade out, flee, fleet, flit, fly, go, go away, hide, leave no trace, leave the scene, melt, melt away, melt like snow, pass, pass away, pass out, peg out, perish, peter out, quit, remove, retire, retire from sight, retreat, run out, sink, sink away, succumb, suffer an eclipse, vacate, vanish from sight, waste, waste away, wear away, withdraw
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