1. haunt like a ghost; pursue

    Synonyms : haunt, obsess
    Type Of : preoccupy
  2. write for someone else

    Synonyms : ghostwrite
    Type Of : author
    Examples :
    • How many books have you ghostwritten so far?
  3. a suggestion of some quality

    Synonyms : touch, trace
    Type Of : suggestion, proffer, proposition
    Examples :
    • he detected a ghost of a smile on her face
  4. a mental representation of some haunting experience

    Synonyms : shade, specter, spectre, spook, wraith
    Type Of : shadow, apparition, fantasm, phantasm, phantasma, phantom
    Examples :
    • he looked like he had seen a ghost
  5. a writer who gives the credit of authorship to someone else

    Synonyms : ghostwriter
    Type Of : author, writer
  6. move like a ghost

    Type Of : travel, go, locomote, move
    Examples :
    • The masked men ghosted across the moonlit yard
  7. the visible disembodied soul of a dead person

    Type Of : psyche, soul


  1. understanding and entering into another's feelings

    Type Of : fellow feeling, sympathy


  1. derive or receive pleasure from; get enjoyment from; take pleasure in

    Synonyms : enjoy, relish, savor, savour
    Examples :
    • She relished her fame and basked in her glory
  2. be exposed

    Type Of : lie
    Examples :
    • The seals were basking in the sun


  1. (law) tacit approval of someone's wrongdoing

    Synonyms : secret approval, tacit consent
    Type Of : approval, commendation
  2. agreement on a secret plot

    Synonyms : collusion
    Type Of : agreement


  1. assign a rank or rating to

    Synonyms : grade, order, place, range, rank
    Type Of : judge, pass judgment, evaluate
    Examples :
    • The restaurant is rated highly in the food guide
  2. the relative speed of progress or change

    Synonyms : pace
    Type Of : temporal property
    Examples :
    • he works at a great rate
    • the pace of events accelerated
  3. amount of a charge or payment relative to some basis

    Synonyms : charge per unit
    Type Of : charge
    Examples :
    • a 10-minute phone call at that rate would cost $5
  4. estimate the value of

    Synonyms : value
    Type Of : appraise, assess, value, measure, valuate, evaluate
    Examples :
    • How would you rate his chances to become President?
    • Gold was rated highly among the Romans
  5. a magnitude or frequency relative to a time unit

    Type Of : magnitude relation, quantitative relation
    Examples :
    • they traveled at a rate of 55 miles per hour
    • the rate of change was faster than expected
  6. a quantity or amount or measure considered as a proportion of another quantity or amount or measure

    Type Of : proportion
    Examples :
    • the literacy rate
    • the retention rate
    • the dropout rate
  7. be worthy of or have a certain rating

    Type Of : be
    Examples :
    • This bond rates highly


  1. clap one's hands or shout after performances to indicate approval

    Synonyms : acclaim, clap, spat
    Antonyms : boo
    Type Of : motion, gesticulate, gesture
  2. express approval of

    Type Of : praise
    Examples :
    • I applaud your efforts


  1. a violent release of energy caused by a chemical or nuclear reaction

    Synonyms : blowup, explosion
    Type Of : discharge
  2. the act of detonating an explosive

    Type Of : burst, explosion


  1. a crucial stage or turning point in the course of something

    Type Of : occasion, juncture
    Examples :
    • after the crisis the patient either dies or gets better
  2. an unstable situation of extreme danger or difficulty

    Type Of : situation
    Examples :
    • they went bankrupt during the economic crisis


  1. a manner of speaking in which the loudness or pitch or tone of the voice is modified

    Synonyms : modulation
    Type Of : delivery, manner of speaking, speech
  2. the patterns of stress and intonation in a language

    Synonyms : prosody
    Type Of : speech, manner of speaking, delivery
  3. deviation from a straight or normal course

    Synonyms : flection, flexion
    Type Of : divergence, departure, difference, deviation
  4. a change in the form of a word (usually by adding a suffix) to indicate a change in its grammatical function

    Synonyms : inflexion
    Type Of : grammatical relation

determining factor

  1. an argument that is conclusive

    Synonyms : clincher, determiner
    Type Of : argument, statement
  2. a determining or causal element or factor

    Synonyms : causal factor, determinant, determinative, determiner
    Type Of : cognitive factor