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phantom

noun [C] uk   /ˈfæn.təm/  us   /-t̬əm/
a spirit of a dead person believed by some to visit the living as a pale, almost transparent form of a person, animal, or other object
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phantom

adjective [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 full moon.humorous The phantom wine-drinker has been around (= an unknown person has been drinking the wine)! used to describe something that you imagine exists or that appears to exist, although in fact it does not: Although she had to have her leg amputated, she still feels as though she's got a phantom limb. They discovered it was a phantom organization set up for the processing of drug profits.UK Although she grew bigger, she later discovered it was a phantom (US false) pregnancy.
Translations of “phantom”
in Arabic شَبح…
in Korean 유령…
in Malaysian hantu…
in French fantôme…
in Turkish hayalet, hortlak…
in Italian fantasma…
in Chinese (Traditional) 幽靈, 鬼魂…
in Russian призрак…
in Polish zjawa, widmo, fantom…
in Vietnamese bóng ma…
in Spanish fantasma…
in Portuguese fantasma…
in Thai ผี…
in German die Erscheinung…
in Catalan fantasma…
in Japanese 幽霊, お化け…
in Indonesian hantu…
in Chinese (Simplified) 幽灵, 鬼魂…
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