ghost·​write | \ˈgōs(t)-ˌrīt \
ghostwrote\ˈgōs(t)-​ˌrōt \; ghostwritten\ˈgōs(t)-​ˌri-​tᵊn \

Definition of ghostwrite 

intransitive verb

: to write for and in the name of another

transitive verb

: to write (a speech, a book, etc.) for another who is the presumed or credited author

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ghostwriter noun

Examples of ghostwrite in a Sentence

She was hired to ghostwrite the mayor's autobiography.

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In a 485-page decision, Judge Kaplan rebuked Mr. Donziger for engaging in judicial bribery, coercion, witness tampering and hiring of an American consulting firm to ghostwrite an expert’s reports, among other offenses against legal ethics. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Steven Donziger Gets His Due," 13 July 2018 Her husband, known under the pen name Willy, recruits Colette to ghostwrite a novel to be published under his name. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Colette' Trailer: Keira Knightley Fights for Literary Ownership in Feminist Period Drama," 11 July 2018 When he was finally caught in 1989 and put on trial, Friedrich hired a Tasmanian aspiring novelist named Richard Flanagan to ghostwrite his autobiography for $10,000, which the young Flanagan was instructed to complete in just six grueling weeks. Olen Steinhauer, New York Times, "A Novel Based on the True Story of a Con Man and His Ghostwriter," 1 June 2018 Two-hour premiere introduces Plum Kettle (Joy Nash), who ghostwrites the column of a fashionable, but possibly only semiliterate, magazine editor (The Good Wife’s Julianna Margulies). Ellen Gray,, "TV picks: 'Succession,' 'Pose,' 'Dietland,' 'Younger' and more," 1 June 2018 And unlike Meek Mill, Pusha wasn’t relying on the ghostwriting barbs that were already proven to be insignificant to fans. Billboard, "Did Pusha T Beat Drake at His Own Game With Vicious 'The Story of Adidon'?," 31 May 2018 Lyra is the author of multiple YA novels, including the I Hunt Killers story, and Baden is a social media expert who has ghostwritten several YA novels. Andy Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jennifer Beals-Inspired YA Novel Set for 2019," 22 May 2018 Trump 101: The Way to Success: The 2006 book, ghostwritten by Meredith McIver, offers advice and includes quotations from Trump. Jessica Estepa, USA TODAY, "President Trump still makes money from these books and TV/movie appearances," 16 May 2018 In the last decade, an entire industry geared towards ghostwriting papers for students of all levels has appeared, allowing grade, college, and graduate students to cheaply purchase work to pass their classes. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "YouTube removed hundreds of videos that promoted a homework cheating site," 6 May 2018

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First Known Use of ghostwrite

1927, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for ghostwrite

back-formation from ghostwriter

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English Language Learners Definition of ghostwrite

: to write (something, such as a book) for someone else using that person's name

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