Homographs are words with different pronunciation, meanings and origins but the same spelling. They are not to be confused with homonyms, homophones and heteronyms. In order to work out which pronunciation and which meaning is appropriate, you need to be aware of the context. Here are a few homographs and their meanings:
- agape – with mouth open OR love
- bass – type of fish OR low, deep voice
- bat - piece of sports equipment OR an animal
- bow – type of knot OR to incline
- down – a lower place OR soft fluff on a bird
- entrance – the way in OR to delight
- evening – smoothing out OR after sunset
- fine – of good quality OR a levy
- learned – past tense of learn OR knowledgeable
- minute – tiny OR unit of time
- moped – was gloomy OR motorcyle
- number – more numb OR numerical value
- row – line OR argument OR propel a boat
- sewer – drain OR person who sews
- wave – move the hand in greeting OR sea water coming into shore
- wound – past tense of wind OR to injure
Linguist John Higgins has prepared a comprehensive list of homographs in various categories, including those where the meanings are related but the part of speech and pronunciation change.
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89 Responses to “Homograph Examples”
Does anyone know if there is a differentiating category for words like:
Words that are homographs but with one being a proper noun and uppercase?
My favorite homonym is refuse. 1 meaning garbage, ref-use. The other meaning, to decline acceptance; re-fuse. Gotta love the English language.
I disagree with 12: been is pronounced Ben by some 21: bout is a two syllable word. 81: lightening is a three syllable word. 138,139,140: wh is pronounced slightly differently than w.
Example of homographs sentence:
Your sole prayer is to play ball with me
Example of word:
To apply for this job, you must know to apply paint.
“These are the examples for Homophones”
AAAHHH! The pain in my head! No No NO! NOOO!! Save us from the unaspirated heathens!!
2. Ate/Eight/ Hate
These are the examples for Homophones
I agree with Annie. My mother was a seamstress and my god father was a tailor.
You can use you hand to bat away someone’s unwanted touch, or spoken comments.
I have never heard a person who sews called a “sewer” either I would say they are a seamstress instead.
can you give examples of homographs,,,,,it is so very hard dahh….
Would “plant” be a homograph/?
Homographs- are a word or a group of words that share the same written form but have differ meanings.
affect: to change/a person’s emotions
alternate: to switch back and forth/the second choice
are: plural of to be/ 100 square meters
attribute: a characteristic/to give regard to
bass: a type of a fish/the low tones of music or an stringed instrument which plays low tones
bow: a device to shoot an arrow/to bend one’s head down or the front of a ship
bowed: bent/to bend over
buffet: a blow or be affected by blows/a large sideboard or a self-served meal of various dishes
close: to be near/to shut
combine: a farming machine which threshes/to put together
conduct: one’s behavior/to lead (oops there is another one) such as a symphony
console: to comfort/the interface for an instrument
content: to be satisfied/that which is contained within
contest: to compete in a match of skills/make an argument against something
contract: an agreement/to shrink or make a deal on a project
convert: to change one’s belief system/one whose belief system has been changed
converse: to talk/the opposite
convict: a prisoner/to find one guilty of a charge
crooked: sharply curved/a muscle spasm in one’s neck
deliberate: to carefully consider/to purposely do
desert: to abandon/an arid or barren area
digest: to convert food to simpler compounds/to condense a written work
do: the first tone of the diatonic scale/to accomplish
does: multiple female deer/to perform
dove: a bird/to have jumped off
drawer: one who draws/a boxlike compartment that pushes in and pulls out
drawers: multiple people who draw/underpants
entrance: an entryway/to put into a trance
excuse: to pardon or forgive/an explanation offered to justify or obtain forgiveness
gyro: short for gyroscope/a type of sandwich with roasted lamb
house: a dwelling/to provide living quarters
incense: a burnt aromatic/to make angry
intern: a physician training after medical school/to confine
intimate: personal/to hint
invalid: an ill person/ not valid
laminate: to make in layers/a composite made of layers
lather: to make foam/a workman who puts up laths
lead: to guide/a soft dense metal
live: verb meaning to have life/adjective meaning to have life or being on
lives: verb meaning to have life/plural noun meaning many with life
micrometer: one-millionth of a meter/a device used to measure small distances
minute: small/sixty seconds
moderate: of medium or average quality/to preside or direct
mow: to cut down/a type of a gull/a stack of hay
multiply: to times two numbers/to do in many ways
number: a mathematical integer like 1, 2, 3,…/to deprive of further feeling
nun: a female religious/the 14th letter of the Hebrew alphabet
object: something perceptible/to dissent
pasty: medium consistency/a meat pie
pate: a meat paste/the crown of a head, usually bald/a porcelain paste
perfect: to make correct/that which is correct
periodic: occasional or repetitive/an iodine compound
permit: to allow something to be done/a document giving permission
present: a gift or that which is happening now/to give a talk or demonstration
primer: a elementary book/the undercoating done prior to applying paint
produce: vegetables/to bring forth
project: to thrust outward/a plan or housing development
pussy: to be filled with pus/a kitten
putting: to hit a golf ball on a green/to place in a specific location
raven: to devour/a large black bird
rebel: to resist/one who resists
record: to write down/a list or phonograph disk
recreation: a leisurely pastime/to remake
refuse: to deny/garbage
relay: a race involving multiple individuals/to lay again
reside: to live in a place/to change a side
resign: to quit/to sign again
resume: to restart/a CV or document of experience
row: a series of objects in a straight line/a fight
sake: purpose/a Japanese rice drink
secrete: to generate/to conceal
secreted: to have generated/to hide out of sight
separate: to divide up into groups/disunited or a garment
sewer: one who sews/a conduit for transporting sewage
slough: a swamp/to shed
sow: to scatter seeds/an adult female hog
subject: the theme or topic/to force one’s will onto another
tear: liquid drops secreted by the eye/to pull apart
wind: to encircle/moving air
wound: to have been wrapped in a circular manner/an injury
homographs word that have the same spelling but differ in origin meaning and sometimes pronunciations
sorry for bothering but i just really need your help can u give a few examples of homograph . .. thank you 🙂
100 lists of homograph
i want pair of homographs with ans
I need a lot of pairs of homographs pls….
i have an assign. of homographs can you give an example and their meaning and sentence. 🙂
i have assignment find 25 homographs pairs with meanings
Good examples i must say
hey thanks for the examples
I really hate my teacher Jyothi lakshmi, she gave 50 homographs to find meaning & some sentences as examples….
row, perfect, does, minute, bow, excuse, close, content, wound, present, read, record, tear, use, wrap, dove, produce, contract,desert.
Thanks,for helping me with my assignment.i got the message.A Nigerian
Nig pro dude
I hate my teachers as they giv me 20 homographs and homonyms to find
Examples of HomographsNow that you know what they are, here are 40 examples of homographs. This is just a small sample of all the homographs that exist. There are hundreds more just in English, not to mention the homographs that exist in other languages and the ones that exist between languages.
accent – stress or emphasis/a manner of speaking or pronunciation influenced by the region in which one lives or grew up
agape – wide open/a Greek word meaning “love”
attribute – a characteristic or quality/to think of as belonging to or originating in some person, place or thing
axes – the plural of ax or axe/the plural of axis
bass – a deep voice or tone/a kind of fish
bat – a piece of sporting equipment used in baseball/a winged animal associated with vampires
bow – to bend at the waist/the front of a boat/a pair of tied loops
buffet – to hit, punch or slap/a self-serve food bar
bustier – an undergarment/more busty
compact – small/to make small/a small case for holding makeup
compound – to mix or combine/an enclosed area with a building or group of buildings inside
content – happy or satisfied/all that is contained inside something
contract – an agreement/to get, acquire or incur
coordinates – brings into proper place or order/a set of numbers used to calculate position
desert – a hot, arid region/to leave
digest – a condensed version of some information/to change food in the stomach into a form that can be absorbed by the body
discount – a reduction in price/to underestimate the significance of or give no credence to
does – female deer (plural)/present, third person singular form of the verb “do”
down – in a lower position/soft, furry feathers
entrance – the place of entry/to bewitch, delight or enrapture
evening – late afternoon/making more even
fine – very good/sharp or keen/delicate or subtle/a sum of money paid to settle a matter
frequent – occurring regularly/to visit a place with regularity
incense – a substance that produces a pleasant odor when burned/to infuriate or make very angry
lead – to go first with followers behind/a type of metal
minute – 60 seconds or 1/60th of an hour/extremely small
moped – acted sad or gloomy/a bicycle with a motor
object – a thing you can see or touch/a goal/a noun that receives the action of a verb/to be opposed to
proceeds – advances or continues on/the money or profit gained from some sale or venture
produce – to create or make/fresh fruits and vegetables
project – a plan or proposal/to throw or hurl forward/to cause a shadow or image to fall upon a surface
putting – the present participle of put/the present participle of putt
number – a numeral/to count/more numb
refuse – waste or garbage/to reject or decline to accept
row – a fight/to propel a boat forward using oars/a line
second – 1/60th of a minute/after the first
subject – under some authority or control/to bring under authority or control/to make liable or vulnerable/a topic/the noun in a sentence about which something is said in the predicate
tear – to rip/a drop of water from the eye
wind – to turn/moving air
wound – turned/an injury
Put quite simply, a homograph is a group (usually a pair) of words that are spelled the same way, but have different meanings. They may or may not be pronounced the same way, although the difference in pronunciation is often just a shift in the accented syllable. For example, there is a whole class of homographs that end in -ate, usually with one being a verb and the other being a noun or an adjective related to it. For example, “advocate” can be pronounced /’ædvəkeɪt/ and mean “to speak or write in support of,” or it can be pronounced /’ædvəkət/ and refer to a person who supports or pleads the cause of another.
examples of homographs are….
” dance ”
dance as a noun …. dance is also a passion…
dance as a verb …. i dance gracefully
” object ”
object as a noun …. that sharp object.
object as a verb …. the boy object to his answer
” record ”
record as a noun …. the teacher left his class record.
record as a verb …. i am about to record this.
How can we know examples of homographs if we are only just talking. Just put the examples and don’t talk too much. 🙂