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"phantom" in British English

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phantomnoun [C]

uk   /ˈfæn.təm/  us   /-t̬əm/
a ​spirit of a ​deadpersonbelieved by some to ​visit the ​living as a ​pale, ​almosttransparentform of a ​person, ​animal, or other ​object
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phantomadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈfæn.təm/  us   /-t̬əm/
like a ghost: A phantom ​coach is said to ​pass through the ​grounds of this ​house when there's a ​fullmoon.humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around (= an ​unknownperson has been ​drinking the ​wine)! used to ​describe something that you ​imagineexists or that ​appears to ​exist, ​although in ​fact it does not: Although she had to have her ​legamputated, she still ​feels as though she's got a phantom ​limb. They ​discovered it was a phantom ​organization set up for the ​processing of ​drugprofits.UK Although she ​grewbigger, she ​laterdiscovered it was a phantom (US false) pregnancy.
(Definition of phantom from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phantom" in American English

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phantomnoun [C]

 us   /ˈfæn·təm/
something that ​appears or ​seems to ​exist but is not ​real or is ​imagined A phantom is also a ​ghost.
(Definition of phantom from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “phantom”
in Korean 유령…
in Arabic شَبح…
in Malaysian hantu…
in French fantôme…
in Russian призрак…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幽靈, 鬼魂…
in Italian fantasma…
in Turkish hayalet, hortlak…
in Polish zjawa, widmo, fantom…
in Spanish fantasma…
in Vietnamese bóng ma…
in Portuguese fantasma…
in Thai ผี…
in German die Erscheinung…
in Catalan fantasma…
in Japanese 幽霊, お化け…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幽灵, 鬼魂…
in Indonesian hantu…
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