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ghost

 (gōst)
n.
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.
4.
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.
7.
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).
v.tr.
1. To haunt.
2. Informal To ghostwrite: was hired to ghost the memoirs of a famous executive.

[Middle English gost, from Old English gāst, breath, spirit.]

ghost′y adj.

ghost

(ɡəʊst)
n
1. the disembodied spirit of a dead person, supposed to haunt the living as a pale or shadowy vision; phantom.
2. a haunting memory: the ghost of his former life rose up before him.
3. a faint trace or possibility of something; glimmer: a ghost of a smile.
4. the spirit; soul (archaic, except in the phrase the Holy Ghost)
5. (General Physics) physics
a. a faint secondary image produced by an optical system
b. a similar image on a television screen, formed by reflection of the transmitting waves or by a defect in the receiver
6. (Linguistics) See ghost word
7. (Library Science & Bibliography) Also called: ghost edition an entry recorded in a bibliography of which no actual proof exists
8. (Journalism & Publishing) 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
a. to die
b. (of a machine) to stop working
vb
11. (Journalism & Publishing) another word for ghostwrite
12. (tr) to haunt
13. (intr) to move effortlessly and smoothly, esp unnoticed: he ghosted into the penalty area.
[Old English gāst; related to Old Frisian jēst, Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit hēda fury, anger]
ˈghostˌlike adj

ghost

(goʊst)

n.
1. the soul of a dead person, a disembodied spirit imagined as wandering, often in vague or evanescent form, among the living and sometimes haunting them; wraith.
2. a mere shadow or semblance; trace: She's a ghost of her former self.
3. a remote possibility: not a ghost of a chance.
4. the principle of life; soul; spirit.
6. a secondary, usu. faint or blurry image, as on a television screen or on a photographic negative or print.
v.t.
7. to ghostwrite (a book, speech, etc.).
8. to haunt.
Idioms:
give up the ghost,
a. to die.
b. to cease to function or exist.
[before 900; Middle English goost, Old English gāst, c. Old Frisian gāst, Old Saxon gēst, Old High German geist spirit]
ghost′like`, adj.

ghost


Past participle: ghosted
Gerund: ghosting

Imperative
ghost
ghost
Present
I ghost
you ghost
he/she/it ghosts
we ghost
you ghost
they ghost
Preterite
I ghosted
you ghosted
he/she/it ghosted
we ghosted
you ghosted
they ghosted
Present Continuous
I am ghosting
you are ghosting
he/she/it is ghosting
we are ghosting
you are ghosting
they are ghosting
Present Perfect
I have ghosted
you have ghosted
he/she/it has ghosted
we have ghosted
you have ghosted
they have ghosted
Past Continuous
I was ghosting
you were ghosting
he/she/it was ghosting
we were ghosting
you were ghosting
they were ghosting
Past Perfect
I had ghosted
you had ghosted
he/she/it had ghosted
we had ghosted
you had ghosted
they had ghosted
Future
I will ghost
you will ghost
he/she/it will ghost
we will ghost
you will ghost
they will ghost
Future Perfect
I will have ghosted
you will have ghosted
he/she/it will have ghosted
we will have ghosted
you will have ghosted
they will have ghosted
Future Continuous
I will be ghosting
you will be ghosting
he/she/it will be ghosting
we will be ghosting
you will be ghosting
they will be ghosting
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been ghosting
you have been ghosting
he/she/it has been ghosting
we have been ghosting
you have been ghosting
they have been ghosting
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been ghosting
you will have been ghosting
he/she/it will have been ghosting
we will have been ghosting
you will have been ghosting
they will have been ghosting
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been ghosting
you had been ghosting
he/she/it had been ghosting
we had been ghosting
you had been ghosting
they had been ghosting
Conditional
I would ghost
you would ghost
he/she/it would ghost
we would ghost
you would ghost
they would ghost
Past Conditional
I would have ghosted
you would have ghosted
he/she/it would have ghosted
we would have ghosted
you would have ghosted
they would have ghosted
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ghost - a mental representation of some haunting experienceghost - a mental representation of some haunting experience; "he looked like he had seen a ghost"; "it aroused specters from his past"
fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow, apparition - something existing in perception only; "a ghostly apparition at midnight"
2.ghost - a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else
author, writer - writes (books or stories or articles or the like) professionally (for pay)
3.ghost - the visible disembodied soul of a dead person
poltergeist - a ghost that announces its presence with rapping and the creation of disorder
revenant - someone who has returned from the dead
soul, psyche - the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life
4.ghost - a suggestion of some qualityghost - a suggestion of some quality; "there was a touch of sarcasm in his tone"; "he detected a ghost of a smile on her face"
proffer, proposition, suggestion - a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection; "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"
Verb1.ghost - move like a ghost; "The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard"
go, locomote, move, travel - change location; move, travel, or proceed, also metaphorically; "How fast does your new car go?"; "We travelled from Rome to Naples by bus"; "The policemen went from door to door looking for the suspect"; "The soldiers moved towards the city in an attempt to take it before night fell"; "news travelled fast"
2.ghost - haunt like a ghost; pursue; "Fear of illness haunts her"
preoccupy - engage or engross the interest or attention of beforehand or occupy urgently or obsessively; "His work preoccupies him"; "The matter preoccupies her completely--she cannot think of anything else"
3.ghost - write for someone else; "How many books have you ghostwritten so far?"
authorship, penning, writing, composition - the act of creating written works; "writing was a form of therapy for him"; "it was a matter of disputed authorship"
author - be the author of; "She authored this play"

ghost

noun
1. spirit, soul, phantom, spectre, spook (informal), apparition, wraith, shade (literary), revenant, phantasm The village is said to be haunted by the ghosts of the dead children.
2. trace, shadow, suggestion, hint, suspicion, glimmer, semblance He gave the ghost of a smile.
Related words
adjective spectral
fear phasmophobia
Quotations
"Ghost stories appeal to our craving for immortality. If you can be afraid of a ghost, then you have to believe that a ghost may exist. And if a ghost exists then oblivion might not be the end" [Stanley Kubrick]
"Even the living were only ghosts in the making" [Pat Barker The Ghost Road]

ghost

noun
1. A supernatural being, such as a ghost:
Informal: spook.
Regional: haunt.
verb
Informal. To write for and credit authorship to another:
Translations
духдушапривидениепризракфантом
espectreesperitfantasma
duchpřízrakstrašidlo
spøgelseåndgenfærd
kummitussieluaavehaamuhenki
duhfantomsablastutvaraavet
árnyárnyalakárnyképfantomjelenés
hantu
draugur, afturganga
幽霊
유령
animalarvalemuresmanesphasma
dvasiapaskutinį kvapą išleistišmėklašmėkliškasvaiduoklis
parādībarēgsspoks
spookartefactgeest
duchfantommajakupiórwidmo
duchmátohaprízrakstrašidlozjavenie
duhfantom
avetavetinjaduhpriviđenjesablast
spökeandefantom
ผี
маревомарупривидпривідпримару
ma

ghost

[gəʊst]
A. Nfantasma m, espectro m (TV) → imagen f fantasma
Holy Ghost (Rel) → Espíritu m Santo
he hasn't the ghost of a chanceno tiene la más remota posibilidad
she managed the ghost of a smileconsiguió esbozar un amago de sonrisa
to give up the ghost (= die) → entregar el alma (hum) [car, washing machine, etc] → pasar a mejor vida
B. VT [+ book] → escribir por otro
an autobiography ghosted by Petersuna autobiografía escrita por el negro Peters
C. CPD ghost image N (Cine, TV) → imagen f fantasma
ghost story Ncuento m de fantasmas
ghost town Npueblo m fantasma
ghost train Ntren m fantasma

ghost

[ˈgəʊst]
n
(= spirit) → fantôme m, revenant m
to give up the ghost → rendre l'âme
not the ghost of a chance → pas l'ombre d'une chance
the ghost of a chance of doing sth → l'ombre d'une chance de faire qch
vt [+ sb else's book, column] → écrire

ghost

n
(= apparition)Geist m, → Gespenst nt; (of sb)Geist m
(fig) with the ghost of a smilemit dem Anflug eines Lächelns; she gave the ghost of a smilesie lächelte zaghaft; I don’t have or stand the ghost of a chanceich habe nicht die geringste Chance
to give up the ghost (dated inf)seinen or den Geist aufgeben
(TV: also ghost image) → Geisterbild nt
(= writer)Ghostwriter m
vi to ghost for somebodyjds Ghostwriter sein
vt to be ghostedvon einem Ghostwriter geschrieben sein; to have something ghostedsich (dat)etw von einem Ghostwriter schreiben lassen; to ghost somebody’s books/speechesfür jdn Bücher/Reden (als Ghostwriter) schreiben

ghost

in cpdsGeister-;
ghost story
ghost town
nGeisterstadt f
ghost train
n (Brit, at funfair) → Geisterbahn f
ghostwriter
nGhostwriter m

ghost

[gəʊst]
1. nfantasma m, spettro
the ghost of a smile (fig) → una parvenza di sorriso
he hasn't the ghost of a chance (fig) → non ha la minima possibilità
2. vt (book) → scrivere per conto di altri

ghost

(gəust) noun
a spirit, usually of a dead person. Do you believe in ghosts?; Hamlet thought he saw his father's ghost.
ˈghostly adjective
of or like a ghost or ghosts. a ghostly figure.
give up the ghost
to die.

ghost

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References in classic literature ?
laughed the ghost, and having peeped through the keyhole at the princesses spinning away for dear life, the evil spirit picked up her victim and put him in a large tin box, where there were eleven other knights packed together without their heads, like sardines, who all rose and began to.
The hotel in which he had begun life so hopefully was now a mere ghost of what a hotel should be.
Well, this may be a burial place sure enough, but I think I see something alive all right--if it isn't a ghost.
This may seem like a ponderous weight of wisdom to descend upon the soul of a young woman of twenty-eight--perhaps more wisdom than the Holy Ghost is usually pleased to vouchsafe to any woman.
His home would include the home of the dead and buried wizard, and would thus afford the ghost of the latter a kind of privilege to haunt its new apartments, and the chambers into which future bridegrooms were to lead their brides, and where children of the Pyncheon blood were to be born.
It is said by some to be the ghost of a Hessian trooper, whose head had been carried away by a cannon-ball, in some nameless battle during the Revolutionary War, and who is ever and anon seen by the country folk hurrying along in the gloom of night, as if on the wings of the wind.
I quite agree--in regard to Griffin's ghost, or whatever it was-- that its appearing first to the little boy, at so tender an age, adds a particular touch.
Desecrated as the body is, a vengeful ghost survives and hovers over it to scare.
Bill Starkey," continued John, "did not mean to frighten his brother into fits when he dressed up like a ghost and ran after him in the moonlight; but he did; and that bright, handsome little fellow, that might have been the pride of any mother's heart is just no better than an idiot, and never will be, if he lives to be eighty years old.
The poor fellow looked like a homeless ghost, with his cheeks sunken in and his long black hair straggling into his eyes; he was too discouraged to cut it, or to think about his appearance.
These sounds were, from time to time, heard by the servants, and revived in full force the memory of the old ghost legend.
She judged that if he came home alive the superstitious peasants would tell him about the ghost that sang in the cave, and that as soon as they described the ballad he would know that none but he and she knew that song, therefore he would suspect that she was alive, and would come and find her.