This plate of snacks has vanished.
An example of to vanish is for free food to disappear from a table in a room filled with college football players.
- to go or pass suddenly from sight; disappear
- to cease to exist; come to an end
- Math. to become zero
Origin of vanishMiddle English vanissen, aphetic ; from present participle stem of Old French esvanir ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form exvanire, for Classical Latin evanescere: see evanesce
intransitive verbvan·ished, van·ish·ing, van·ish·es
- a. To pass out of sight, especially quickly; disappear. See Synonyms at disappear.b. To pass out of existence: when the dinosaurs vanished from the earth.
- Mathematics To become zero. Used of a function or variable.
Origin of vanishMiddle English vanisshen, alteration of Old French esvanir, esvaniss-, from Vulgar Latin *exvan&imacron;re, alteration of Latin &emacron;van&emacron;scere : &emacron;-, ex-, ex- + van&emacron;scere, to vanish (from vanus, empty; see eu&schwa;- in Indo-European roots).
(third-person singular simple present vanishes, present participle vanishing, simple past and past participle vanished)
Aphetic for obsolete evanish, from Middle English, from Old French esvanir, esvaniss- (French Ã©vanouir), Vulgar Latin evanescere, from vanus (“empty")