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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: evanir, from Vulgar Latin exvanire, from Latin evanescere; EVANESCENT

vanish

verb
     
van‧ish [intransitive]
1 to disappear suddenly, especially in a way that cannot be easily explained:
My keys were here a minute ago but now they've vanished.
vanish without (a) trace/vanish off the face of the earth (=disappear so that no sign remains)
The youngster vanished without a trace one day and has never been found.
She seemed to have just vanished into thin air. (=suddenly disappeared in a very mysterious way)
2 to suddenly stop existing [= disappear]
vanish from
By the 1930s, the wolf had vanished from the American West.
Public support for the Prime Minister has now vanished.

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