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Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
Brian Aldiss

Meaning of "ghost" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD GHOST

Old English gāst; related to Old Frisian jēst, Old High German geist spirit, Sanskrit hēda fury, anger.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF GHOST

ghost  [ɡəʊst] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF GHOST

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Ghost is a verb and can also act as a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

The verb is the part of the sentence that is conjugated and expresses action and state of being.

See the conjugation of the verb ghost in English.

WHAT DOES GHOST MEAN IN ENGLISH?

ghost

Ghost

In traditional belief and fiction, a ghost (sometimes known as a spectre (British English) or specter (American English), phantom, apparition or spook) is the soul or spirit of a dead person or animal that can appear, in visible form or other manifestation, to the living. Descriptions of the apparition of ghosts vary widely from an invisible presence to translucent or barely visible wispy shapes, to realistic, lifelike visions. The deliberate attempt to contact the spirit of a deceased person is known as necromancy, or in spiritism as a séance. The belief in manifestations of the spirits of the dead is widespread, dating back to animism or ancestor worship in pre-literate cultures. Certain religious practices—funeral rites, exorcisms, and some practices of spiritualism and ritual magic—are specifically designed to rest the spirits of the dead. Ghosts are generally described as solitary essences that haunt particular locations, objects, or people they were associated with in life, though stories of phantom armies, ghost trains, phantom ships, and even ghost animals have also been recounted.

Definition of ghost in the English dictionary

The first definition of ghost in the dictionary is the disembodied spirit of a dead person, supposed to haunt the living as a pale or shadowy vision; phantom related adjective spectral. Other definition of ghost is a haunting memory. Ghost is also a faint trace or possibility of something; glimmer.

CONJUGATION OF THE VERB TO GHOST

PRESENT

Present
I ghost
you ghost
he/she/it ghosts
we ghost
you ghost
they ghost
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
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
Present tense is used to refer to circumstances that exist at the present time or over a period that includes the present time. The present perfect refers to past events, although it can be considered to denote primarily the resulting present situation rather than the events themselves.

PAST

Past
I ghosted
you ghosted
he/she/it ghosted
we ghosted
you ghosted
they 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
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
Past tense forms express circumstances existing at some time in the past,

FUTURE

Future
I will ghost
you will ghost
he/she/it will ghost
we will ghost
you will ghost
they will ghost
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
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 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
The future is used to express circumstances that will occur at a later time.

CONDITIONAL

Conditional
I would ghost
you would ghost
he/she/it would ghost
we would ghost
you would ghost
they would ghost
Conditional continuous
I would be ghosting
you would be ghosting
he/she/it would be ghosting
we would be ghosting
you would be ghosting
they would be ghosting
Conditional perfect
I would have ghost
you would have ghost
he/she/it would have ghost
we would have ghost
you would have ghost
they would have ghost
Conditional perfect continuous
I would have been ghosting
you would have been ghosting
he/she/it would have been ghosting
we would have been ghosting
you would have been ghosting
they would have been ghosting
Conditional or "future-in-the-past" tense refers to hypothetical or possible actions.

IMPERATIVE

Imperative
you ghost
we let´s ghost
you ghost
The imperative is used to form commands or requests.
NONFINITE VERB FORMS
Infinitive
to ghost
Past participle
ghosted
Present Participle
ghosting
Infinitive shows the action beyond temporal perspective. The present participle or gerund shows the action during the session. The past participle shows the action after completion.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH GHOST


almost
ˈɔːlməʊst
blogpost
ˈblɒɡˌpəʊst
boast
bəʊst
coast
kəʊst
coste
kəʊst
engrossed
ɪnˈɡrəʊst
foremost
ˈfɔːˌməʊst
guidepost
ˈɡaɪdˌpəʊst
host
həʊst
innermost
ˈɪnəˌməʊst
most
məʊst
outermost
ˈaʊtəˌməʊst
outpost
ˈaʊtˌpəʊst
post
pəʊst
roast
rəʊst
seacoast
ˈsiːˌkəʊst
toast
təʊst
topmost
ˈtɒpˌməʊst
uppermost
ˈʌpəˌməʊst
utmost
ˈʌtˌməʊst

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE GHOST

ghost car
ghost dance
ghost edition
ghost estate
ghost fishing
ghost gum
ghost image
ghost moth
ghost prisoner
ghost story
ghost town
ghost train
ghost word
ghost writer
ghostlier
ghostliest
ghostlike
ghostliness
ghostly

WORDS THAT END LIKE GHOST

at any cost
at most
bacterial ghost
boost
cohost
cost
dost
first post
frost
game show host
give up the ghost
Holy Ghost
intermediate host
last post
lost
low-cost
repost
rule the roost
than most
the most

Synonyms and antonyms of ghost in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «GHOST»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «ghost» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of ghost

Translation of «ghost» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF GHOST

Find out the translation of ghost to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of ghost from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «ghost» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

fantasma
570 millions of speakers

English

ghost
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

भूत
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

شَبَح
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

привидение
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

fantasma
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

প্রেতাত্মা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

fantôme
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Hantu
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Geist
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

幽霊
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

유령
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Ghost
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

ma
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பேய்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

भूत
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

hayalet
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

fantasma
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

duch
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

привид
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

fantomă
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

φάντασμα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

spook
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

spöke
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

spøkelse
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of ghost

TRENDS

TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «GHOST»

The term «ghost» is very widely used and occupies the 4.537 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «GHOST» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «ghost» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «ghost» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about ghost

EXAMPLES

10 QUOTES WITH «GHOST»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word ghost.
1
Jack Henry Abbott
As long as I am nothing but a ghost of the civil dead, I can do nothing.
2
Brian Aldiss
Science fiction is no more written for scientists that ghost stories are written for ghosts.
3
Keegan Allen
When I was in high school, my friends and I would drive out into the country to abandoned houses and structures... haha... to ghost hunt. We would scare each other so bad! We would sometimes camp out by the abandoned buildings just to scare ourselves! Such good times. The adrenaline of real fear is so cool!
4
Mary Hunter Austin
Over the tops of it, beginning to dusk under a young white moon, trailed a wavering ghost of smoke, and at the end of it I came upon the Pocket Hunter making a dry camp in the friendly scrub.
5
Dan Aykroyd
Have I personally ever seen a ghost? Not one.
6
Bipasha Basu
As a child, I was a brat, and my parents didn't know how to control me. So they told me ghost stories, which stayed with me. I am still petrified of darkness and being alone.
7
Emma Bell
I love really, really deep, dark-as-Russia storylines. I love supernatural aspects. I grew up with ghost stories.
8
Anne Boleyn
O Death, rock me asleep, bring me to quiet rest, let pass my weary guiltless ghost out of my careful breast.
9
John Boyne
Throughout my teenage years, I read 'A Christmas Carol' by Charles Dickens every December. It was a story that never failed to excite me, for as well as being a Dickens enthusiast, I have always loved ghost stories.
10
Libba Bray
I love to be scared. Not, 'Hey, I think I smell smoke...' scared, but creepy, paranoid, what's-that-out-there-in-the-dark, ghost story scared. It's no surprise that I was the girl who got invited to the slumber parties because I could be counted on to tell a tale to scare the bejesus out of you.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «GHOST»

Discover the use of ghost in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to ghost and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road
The book will be sold as part of the band's official merchandise during its 47-city American tour. 20 photos. 15 maps.
Neil Peart, 2002
2
Ghost: Confessions of a Counterterrorism Agent
One of America's most experienced agents offers a glimpse inside the shadowy world of counterrorism to reveal life on the frontlines of the war on terrorism, detailing his experiences with the Diplomatic Security Service in every area of ...
Fred Burton, 2009
3
Ghost in the Wires: My Adventures as the World's Most Wanted ...
Ghost in the Wires is a thrilling true story of intrigue, suspense, and unbelievable escape, and a portrait of a visionary whose creativity, skills, and persistence forced the authorities to rethink the way they pursued him, inspiring ...
Kevin Mitnick, 2011
4
King Leopold's Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror, and Heroism ...
Adam Hochschild brings this largely untold story alive with the wit and skill of a Barbara Tuchman. Like her, he knows that history often provides a far richer cast of characters than any novelist could invent.
Adam Hochschild, 1999
5
The Blue Ghost
Liz opens her eyes. There is a blue ghost in her room! What does the ghost want from her? This exciting mystery by Newbery Honor writer Marion Dane Bauer is perfect for first chapter-book readers. From the Hardcover edition.
Marion Dane Bauer, 2009
6
Ghost Story
Questions arise concerning the connections between a strangely detached young girl's captivity in a seedy Florida motel, a death that occurs at a party for a visiting actress, and a young California instructor's obsession with one of his ...
Peter Straub, 1979
7
Ghost Wars: The Secret History of the CIA, Afghanistan and ...
The news-breaking book that has sent schockwaves through the White House, Ghost Wars is the most accurate and revealing account yet of the CIA's secret involvement in al-Qaeada's evolution.
Steve Coll, 2005
8
The Ghost of Crutchfield Hall
When twelve-year-old Florence boards the crowded horse-drawn coach in London, she looks forward to a new life with her great uncle and aunt at Crutchfield Hall, an old manor house in the English countryside.
Mary Downing Hahn, 2010
9
The Ghost Sitter
. . . "Has several strong appeals: new best friends solving a mystery together, a just-scary-enough ghost girl, and a deathless bond between sisters that provides the book with its resoundingly satisfying conclusion." (The Horn Book)
Peni R. Griffin, 2002
10
Classic Victorian and Edwardian Ghost Stories
The unquiet souls of the dead, both as fictional creations and as 'real' apparitions, roam the pages of this haunting selection of ghost stories by Rex Collings.
Rex Collings, 2008

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «GHOST»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term ghost is used in the context of the following news items.
1
'Ghost' Still Haunts Us 25 Years Later
As a romantic weepie and suspense thriller, buttressed by big Hollywood glamor, 'Ghost' has lingered long after its ascent into heavenly light. «Biography, Jul 15»
2
Ghost signs and derelict buildings reveal clues about Melbourne's …
Derelict buildings and ghost signs in Melbourne's suburbs are being rediscovered in one man's quest for clues about the city's social history. «ABC Local, Jul 15»
3
'Reem Island Ghost' executed for killing American teacher
Hashemi carried out the attacked shrouded in a full black veil and gloves, earning her the nickname of the 'Reem Island Ghost'. She was also ... «ArabianBusiness.com, Jul 15»
4
Gloucester's 'ghost walk lady' Lyn Cinderey announces retirement
But now the future of Gloucester's Ghost Walks hangs in the balance after the city's very own 'ghost lady' Lyn Cinderey has announced her ... «Gloucester Citizen, Jul 15»
5
An Elegant, Criminal Ghost: Omari Hardwick on Poetry, Power and …
Omari Hardwick's James “Ghost” St. Patrick might be reminiscent of the ghosts of beloved characters past. Tony Soprano, Stringer Bell, and ... «Paste Magazine, Jul 15»
6
Hertford film company Ghost Media's TV ambition gets rolling
A Film company is plotting its big break on the small screen and wants to share the journey with Mercury land movie buffs. Ghost Media ... «Hertfordshire Mercury, Jul 15»
7
Decades-old Holy Ghost tradition marches on in Taunton
Regalia, religion and soup marked the final day of the Holy Ghost Feast in Taunton, capping off a tradition that has been observed for more ... «Taunton Daily Gazette, Jul 15»
8
Power: “Who You Are And Who You Want To Be”
With Angela now aware that “Jamie” is Ghost, the two are pitched against each other in battle. Though Angela saw Holly's refusal to give up ... «A.V. Club DC, Jul 15»
9
'Ghost' photos bring war past back to life
A group of historians has brought war time Bridlington to life in a series of dramatic pictures depicting bombed-out locations in the town. «Bridlington Today, Jul 15»
10
Ghost of 460 looms over new Va. transportation deals like I-66
WASHINGTON — As Virginia considers whether to build new toll lanes on Interstate 66 using a full public-private partnership, the specter of ... «WTOP, Jul 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Ghost [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/ghost>. Feb 2020 ».
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