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English noun: ghost

1. ghost (cognition) a mental representation of some haunting experience

SamplesHe looked like he had seen a ghost.
It aroused specters from his past.

Synonymsshade, specter, spectre, spook, wraith

Broader (hypernym)apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom, shadow

2. ghost (person) a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else


Broader (hypernym)author, writer

3. ghost (person) the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

Broader (hypernym)psyche, soul

Narrower (hyponym)poltergeist, revenant

4. ghost (communication) a suggestion of some quality

SamplesThere was a touch of sarcasm in his tone.
He detected a ghost of a smile on her face.

Synonymstouch, trace

Broader (hypernym)proffer, proposition, suggestion

English verb: ghost

1. ghost (motion) move like a ghost

SamplesThe masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, locomote, move, travel

2. ghost (emotion) haunt like a ghost; pursue

SamplesFear of illness haunts her.

ExamplesThe good news will ghost her

Synonymshaunt, obsess

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)preoccupy

3. ghost (creation) write for someone else

SamplesHow many books have you ghostwritten so far?.

ExamplesDid he ghost his major works over a short period of time?


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)author

Domain categoryauthorship, composition, penning, writing

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