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


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

  1. (intransitive) To disappear magically.
    • 2009 February 1, Catherine Bennett, “Does Labour really think John Prescott is the new Obama?”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Even without Alastair Campbell's assistance, a visiting idealist can see that 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.
    Antonym: apparate

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.