Meaning of “vanish” in the English Dictionary

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"vanish" in British English

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vanishverb [ I ]

uk /ˈvæn.ɪʃ/ us /ˈvæn.ɪʃ/

B2 to disappear or stop being present or existing, especially in a sudden, surprising way:

The child vanished while on her way home from school.
We ran out after the thief, but he had vanished into thin air (= had completely disappeared).
Cheap rural housing is vanishing in the south of the country.

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  • We watched the building vanish under a mantle of thick grey smoke as the fire swiftly moved through it.
  • One moment he was standing behind me, the next he had vanished in a puff of smoke.
  • He seems to have vanished without a trace .
  • All the food on the table vanished quickly.
  • Where are my keys? They can't just have vanished.

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

"vanish" in American English

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vanishverb [ I ]

us /ˈvæn·ɪʃ/

to disappear or stop existing, esp. suddenly:

Her smile vanished.

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