Meaning of “disappearance” in the English Dictionary

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"disappearance" in British English

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disappearancenoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˌdɪs.əˈpɪə.rəns/ us /ˌdɪs.əˈpɪr.əns/

B2 the fact of someone or something disappearing:

A man was being questioned in connection with her disappearance.

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  • An investigation has been under way for several days into the disappearance of a 13-year-old boy.
  • Her disappearance was reported to the police department's Missing Persons Bureau.
  • After ten years her mystifying disappearance was still unexplained.
  • The disappearance of the ship, on a routine mission in 1925, has never been explained.
  • Many viewers are furious about the programme's sudden disappearance from the schedules.

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

"disappearance" in American English

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disappearancenoun [ U ]

us /ˌdɪs·əˈpɪər·əns/

a state or condition in which a person or thing cannot be seen or found:

The district attorney is looking into the disappearance of the money.
Her disappearance remains unexplained.

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