disapparate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A negative back-formation from apparition (see usage notes).

Verb[edit]

disapparate (third-person singular simple present disapparates, present participle disapparating, simple past and past participle disapparated)

  1. To disappear (magically)
    ... the simplest thing John Prescott could do, to help secure a fourth term for Labour, would be to disapparate, taking his fellow revenants with him. ( - The Observer)

Usage notes[edit]

The word was invented by J. K. Rowling in the Harry Potter books to describe a form of teleportation from one place to another, but in derived usage it often means just to disappear completely.