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English definition of “vanish”

vanish

verb [I]     /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 rushed out of the shop in hot pursuit , but the thief had vanished into thin air (= had completely disappeared ). Cheap rural housing is vanishing in the south of the country .Appearing and disappearing
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