Meaning of “disappear” in the English Dictionary

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"disappear" in British English

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disappearverb [ I ]

uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɪər/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɪr/

B1 If people or things disappear, they go somewhere where they cannot be seen or found:

The search was called off for the sailors who disappeared in the storm.
I can't find my keys anywhere - they've completely disappeared.
The sun disappeared behind a cloud.
We looked for her but she had disappeared into the crowd.
The movie is about a girl who mysteriously disappeared while on a picnic at Hanging Rock.
I don't know how it's possible for a person to disappear without trace.

B2 to no longer exist:

These flowers are disappearing from our fields and woods.
This is a way of life that is fast disappearing.

More examples

  • I'll just say the magic word and the rabbit will disappear - Abracadabra!
  • The sun disappeared behind heavy clouds.
  • That wine stain on my shirt has virtually disappeared.
  • It's funny how Alec always disappears whenever there's work to be done.
  • We watched as the train disappeared into the distance.

(Definition of “disappear” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"disappear" in American English

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disappearverb [ I ]

us /ˌdɪs·əˈpɪər/

(of a person or thing) to go to a place or into a condition where the person or thing cannot be seen:

She disappeared into the house.
He disappeared for a few hours (= went somewhere unknown).
They watched the plane until it disappeared (= could no longer be seen).

(Definition of “disappear” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)