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From Middle English disaperendysapeerendisapeeren, equivalent to dis +‎ appear.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key)/dɪsəˈpɪə/
  • (General American) IPA(key)/dɪsəˈpɪɹ/
  • (Scotland) IPA(key)/dɪsəˈpiːɹ/


disappear (third-person singular simple present disappearspresent participle disappearingsimple past and past participle disappeared)

  1. (intransitive) To vanish.
  2. To go missing; to become a missing person.
     Eighteen years after Jaycee Dugard disappeared in 1991, she was found alive in the summer of 2009.
  3. (intransitive) To go away; to become lost.
  4. (transitive) To make vanish; especially, to abduct and murder surreptitiously for political reasons.
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