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ghost

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noun \ˈgōst\

Definition of ghost

  1. 1 :  the seat of life or intelligence :  soul give up the ghost

  2. 2 :  a disembodied soul; especially :  the soul of a dead person believed to be an inhabitant of the unseen world or to appear to the living in bodily likeness

  3. 3 :  spirit, demon

  4. 4a :  a faint shadowy trace a ghost of a smileb :  the least bit not a ghost of a chance

  5. 5 :  a false image in a photographic negative or on a television screen caused especially by reflection

  6. 6 :  one who ghostwrites

  7. 7 :  a red blood cell that has lost its hemoglobin

ghostlike

play \ˈgōst-ˌlīk\ adjective

ghosty

play \ˈgō-stē\ adjective

Examples of ghost in a Sentence

  1. a house haunted by ghosts

  2. looked for ghosts in the graveyard on Halloween

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Origin and Etymology of ghost

Middle English gost, gast, from Old English gāst; akin to Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit heḍa anger


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ghost

verb

Definition of ghost

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to haunt like a ghost

  3. 2 :  ghostwrite ghosted the mayor's autobiography

  4. 3 informal :  to abruptly cut off all contact with (someone, such as a former romantic partner) by no longer accepting or responding to phone calls, instant messages, etc. No one wants to be ghosted, mostly because it sucks to admit that the person you gushed about last week is now pretending you don’t exist … — Ellen Scott

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1a :  to move silently like a ghostb :  to sail quietly in light winds

  7. 2 :  ghostwrite

Examples of ghost in a Sentence

  1. She ghosted the mayor's autobiography.

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Origin and Etymology of ghost

see 1ghost



GHOST Defined for English Language Learners

ghost

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noun

Definition of ghost for English Language Learners

  • : the soul of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people

  • : a very small amount or trace


GHOST Defined for Kids

ghost

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noun \ˈgōst\

Definition of ghost for Students

  1. :  the spirit of a dead person thought of as living in an unseen world or as appearing to living people


Medical Dictionary

ghost

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noun \ˈgōst\

Medical Definition of ghost

  1. :  a structure (as a cell or tissue) that does not stain normally because of degenerative changes; specifically :  a red blood cell that has lost its hemoglobin



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