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verb [intransitive]     disappear pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledisappearing
past tensedisappeared
past participledisappeared
  1. 1
    if someone or something disappears, they move somewhere where they can no longer be seen

    Dave said good night to everyone and quickly disappeared upstairs.

    The moon disappeared behind the clouds.

    disappear from view:

    She was still waving as the train disappeared from view.

  2. 3
    to be impossible to find

    The letter I had left on my desk had disappeared.

    the thousands of people who have disappeared in the war

    disappear from:

    She disappeared from a London hotel on Monday and has not been seen since.

    disappear without trace/disappear into thin air (=disappear completely):

    The couple disappeared without trace while on holiday in France.

  3. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    to cause to disappear, through kidnapping, clandestine execution etc

    ...speculation has been circulating that Mr Gao may have been 'disappeared' by security forces because of his anti-government activity...

    Submitted by Sue from United Kingdom on 20/01/2010


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