From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Vanish \Van"ish\ (v[a^]n"[i^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Vanished
   (v[a^]n"[i^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Vanishing.] [OE.
   vanissen, OF. vanir (in comp.): cf. OF. envanir, esvanir,
   esvanu["i]r, F. s'['e]vanouir; fr. L. vanus empty, vain; cf.
   L. vanescere, evanescere, to vanish. See Vain, and cf.
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   1. To pass from a visible to an invisible state; to go out of
      sight; to disappear; to fade; as, vapor vanishes from the
      sight by being dissipated; a ship vanishes from the sight
      of spectators on land.
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            The horse vanished . . . out of sight. --Chaucer.
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            Go; vanish into air; away!            --Shak.
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            The champions vanished from their posts with the
            speed of lightning.                   --Sir W.
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            Gliding from the twilight past to vanish among
            realities.                            --Hawthorne.
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   2. To be annihilated or lost; to pass away. "All these
      delights will vanish." --Milton.
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