ghost·​write | \ ˈgōs(t)-ˌrīt How to pronounce ghostwrite (audio) \
ghostwrote\ ˈgōs(t)-​ˌrōt How to pronounce ghostwrite (audio) \; ghostwritten\ ˈgōs(t)-​ˌri-​tᵊn How to pronounce ghostwrite (audio) \

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

Other Words from ghostwrite

ghostwriter noun

Examples of ghostwrite in a Sentence

She was hired to ghostwrite the mayor's autobiography.
Recent Examples on the Web In 1988, Woodard agreed to ghostwrite the autobiography of Tommy DeVito, one of the original members of the Four Seasons, and to share equally in any profits arising from the book. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 15 Sep. 2020 Teaching online and tech jobs Among the fully remote jobs that are being advertised on the front page, there are customer support, online tutoring, ghostwriting, and transcription positions. Whizy Kim,, 14 May 2020 With no real friends save for her high school English teacher Mrs. G (Becky Ann Baker), Ellie spends her time watching classic movies and reading, and ghostwriting papers for her classmates as a side-hustle. Anne Cohen,, 28 Apr. 2020 Her way with words makes her the ideal choice to ghostwrite letters for the cute-but-daft football player Paul (Daniel Diemer) to the object of his affection, Aster (Alexxis Lemire). Kyle Turner, New York Times, 1 May 2020 Inadequate data, misuse of tribal and federal logos in promotions, ghostwritten hype for Gov. Dunleavy to pitch to investors. Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2020 Despite what the booing might imply, Drake’s career has not suffered as the result of his collaboration with Brown or years of ghostwriting accusations. Washington Post, 11 Nov. 2019 Imagine Usher’s consternation when Agent Fairweather offers him the job of ghostwriting a Tyler Perry play, a parody of which is performed with scathing disgust by Usher and his Thoughts. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 17 June 2019 Then for the 1997 revision, Scribner hired an outside editor, Maria Guarnaschelli, and teams of culinary experts ghostwrote much of the book. Nancy Stohs, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 29 Oct. 2019 See More

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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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“Ghostwrite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2022.

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