Definition of Ghost in English :

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Ghost meaning in English

Meaning of Ghost in English

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1. ghost, shade, specter, spectre, spook, wraith

a mental representation of some haunting experience

Example Sentences:
'he looked like he had seen a ghost'
'it aroused specters from his past'

2. ghost, ghostwriter

a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

3. ghost

the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

4. ghost, touch, trace

a suggestion of some quality

Example Sentences:
'there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone'
'he detected a ghost of a smile on her face'


5. ghost

move like a ghost

Example Sentences:
'The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard'

6. ghost, haunt, obsess

haunt like a ghost; pursue

Example Sentences:
'Fear of illness haunts her'

7. ghost, ghostwrite

write for someone else

Example Sentences:
'How many books have you ghostwritten so far?'

WordNet Lexical Database for English. Princeton University. 2010.


see synonyms of ghost
the disembodied spirit of a dead person, supposed to haunt the living as a pale or shadowy vision; phantom
▶ Related adjective: spectral
a haunting memory
the ghost of his former life rose up before him
a faint trace or possibility of something; glimmer
a ghost of a smile
the spirit; soul (archaic, except in the phrase the Holy Ghost)
5. physics
a faint secondary image produced by an optical system
a similar image on a television screen, formed by reflection of the transmitting waves or by a defect in the receiver
6.  ghost word
7. Also called: ghost edition
an entry recorded in a bibliography of which no actual proof exists
another name for ghostwriter
9. (modifier)
falsely recorded as doing a particular job or fulfilling a particular function in order that some benefit, esp money, may be obtained
a ghost worker
10.  give up the ghost
11.  another word for ghostwrite
12. (transitive)
to haunt
13. (intransitive)
to move effortlessly and smoothly, esp unnoticed
he ghosted into the penalty area
14. (transitive) informal
to end a romantic relationship with (a person) by not responding to his or her attempts to communicate

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see synonyms of ghost
the spirit or soul: now only in give up the ghost (to die) and in Holy Ghost
2.  Folklore
a dead person's disembodied spirit, esp. when thought of as appearing to the living as a pale, shadowy apparition
a haunting memory
a faint, shadowy semblance; inkling
a slight trace
not a ghost of a chance
5.  US, Informal
6.  Optics and Television
an unwanted secondary image
verb intransitive
7.  US
to work as a ghostwriter
verb transitive
to haunt
9.  US
to be the ghostwriter of

Webster’s New World College Dictionary, 4th Edition. Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. All rights reserved.


see synonyms of ghost
1. The spirit of a dead person, especially one that is believed to appear to the living in bodily form or to haunt specific locations.
2. A person's spirit or soul: was sick for months and finally gave up the ghost.
3. A returning or haunting memory or image.
a. A slight or faint trace: just a ghost of a smile.
b. The tiniest bit: not a ghost of a chance.
5. A faint, unwanted image, as:
a. An unwanted image on a television or radar screen caused by reflected waves.
b. A displaced image in a photograph caused by the optical system of the camera.
c. An unwanted spectral line caused by imperfections in a diffraction grating.
d. A displaced image in a mirror caused by reflection from the front of the glass.
6. Informal A ghostwriter.
a. A nonexistent publication listed in bibliographies.
b. A fictitious employee or business.
8. Physiology A red blood cell having no hemoglobin.
v. ghost·ed, ghost·ing, ghosts
v. intr.
1. Informal To engage in ghostwriting.
2. To move noiselessly like a ghost: “Two young deer ghosted out of the woods” (Nancy M. Debevoise).
3. Informal To cut off all communication with someone, especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation: ghosted on him after two dates.
v. tr.
1. To haunt.
2. Informal To ghostwrite: was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.
3. Informal To cut off all communication with (someone), especially a romantic or sexual partner, without providing an explanation: “In some point in nearly every young millennial's life, they will be ghosted. And not by sad dead bodies from the graveyard, but by idiot living ones from the Internet” (Heather Dockray).

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