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HOMONYMS

 

Homonyms are an often asked section of English vocabulary for all sorts of competitive exams. They are generally very confusing for students as well. Homonyms are basically words with similar sounds but different meaning as well as spelling. Understanding the usage of homonyms in langugae is quite imperative. 

Here are some commonly asked Homonyms to help you prepare for General Examinations:

S.NO.

HOMONYM 1 - MEANING

HOMONYM 2 -MEANING

HOMONYM 3 - MEANING

1

accept - take in

except - other than

 

2

ad - advertisement

add - join, combine

 

3

advice - guidance

advise - recommend

 

4

aid - assist, assistance

aide - one who gives assistance

 

5

ail - to suffer poor health

ale - a beverage

 

6

air - atmosphere

ere - before

heir - one who inherits property

7

aisle - a passage

I'll - contraction of ‘I will’

isle – island

8

allusion - an indirect reference

illusion - false appearance

 

9

altar - table in a church

alter - to change

 

10

ate - past tense of eat

eight - the number 8

 

11

bail - to clear water

bail - release of a prisoner

bale - a large bundle

12

band - a ring, something that binds

band - a group

banned – prohibited

13

bare - uncovered

bear - large animal

bear - support, yield

14

bases - starting points

bases - four stations on a baseball field

basis - a basic principle

15

beat - to strike, overcome

beat – exhausted

beet - a plant with red roots

16

blew - past tense of blow

blue - the color

 

17

bread - baked food item

bred – produced

 

18

buy - purchase

by - near, through

bye – goodbye

19

capital - punishable by death

capital - chief city

capitol - building where legislature meets

20

ceiling - top of a room

sealing - setting, fastening

 

21

cell - compartment

sell – vend

 

22

cent - penny coin

scent - an odour

sent - past tense of send

23

cereal – breakfast food

serial - sequential

 

24

chews - gnaws with teeth

choose - to select

 

25

Chile- country in South America

chili - bean stew

chilly – frosty

26

chord - musical tone

cord – rope

 

27

cite - quote

site – location

sight – view

28

close - opposite of open

clothes - clothing

 

29

coarse - rough

course - path, procedure

 

30

complement – enhance; go together

compliment - praise

 

31

conduct - behavior

conduct - to lead

 

32

council - committee

counsel - guidance

 

33

creak - squeak

creek - stream of water

 

34

crews - gangs

cruise - ride on a boat

 

35

days - plural of day

daze – stun

 

36

dear - darling

deer- woodland animal

 

37

desert - to abandon

desert - dry land

dessert - after-dinner treat

38

dew - morning mist

do – operate

due – payable

39

die - cease to exist

dye – color

 

40

discreet - tactful

discrete - distinct

 

41

doe - female deer

dough - uncooked bread

 

42

dual - double

duel – battle

 

43

elicit - draw out

illicit – illegal

 

44

eminent - distinguished

imminent – soon

 

45

ewe - female sheep

you – (second-person personal pronoun)

 

46

eye - sight organ

I – (first-person personal pronoun)

 

47

facts - true things

fax - a document transmitted via telephone

 

48

fair - equal

fare – price

 

49

fairy – elf-like creature with wings

ferry – boat

 

50

faze - impact

phase – stage

 

51

feat - achievement

feet - plural of foot

 

52

find - to discover

fined - charged a penalty

 

53

fir - type of tree

fur - animal hair

 

54

flea - small biting insect

flee – run

 

55

flew - did fly

flu – illness

 

56

flour - powdery, ground up grain

flower - blooming plant

 

57

for - on behalf of

fore – front

four - three plus one

58

forth – onward

fourth - number four

 

59

Foreword- introduction to a book

forward - advancing

 

60

gene - a chromosome

jean - fabric; pants

 

61

gorilla - big ape

guerrilla – warrior

 

62

grease - fat

Greece - country in Europe

 

63

groan - moan

grown - form of grow

 

64

hair - head covering

hare - rabbit-like animal

 

65

hall - passageway

haul – tow

 

66

halve - cut in two parts

have – possess

 

67

hay - animal food

hey - interjection to get attention

 

68

heal - mend

heel - back of foot

 

69

hear - to listen

here - at this place

 

70

hi - hello

high - up far

 

71

hoarse - croaky

horse - riding animal

 

72

hole - opening

whole – entire

 

73

holey - full of holes

holy – divine

wholly – entirely

74

hoarse - rough voice

horse – animal

 

75

hour - sixty minutes

our - belonging to us

 

76

knead - massage

need – desire

 

77

knew - did know

new - not old

 

78

knight - feudal horseman

night – evening

 

79

knot - tied rope

not – negative

 

80

know - have knowledge

no - opposite of yes

 

81

lead - metal

led - was the leader

 

82

leased - past tense of lease

least - the minimum

 

83

lessen - make smaller

lesson – class

 

84

loan - lend

lone – solitary

 

85

made - did make

maid – servant

 

86

mail - postage

male - opposite of female

 

87

marry - to wed material

merry - very happy materiel

 

88

meat - animal protein

meet - encounter

 

89

mince - to chop finely

mints - type of sweet

 

90

morning - a.m.

mourning - remember the dead

 

91

none - not any

nun - woman who takes special vows

 

92

oar - boat paddle

or – otherwise

ore – mineral

93

oh - expression of surprise or awe

owe - be obligated

 

94

one - single

won - did win

 

95

overdo - do too much

overdue - past due date

 

96

pail - bucket

pale - not bright

 

97

pain - hurt

pane - window glass

 

98

peace - calm

piece - segment

 

99

peak – highest point

peek - glance

 

100

patience - being willing to wait

patients - person treated in a hospital or by a doctor

 

101

pear - a type of fruit

pair - two (usually matching)

 

102

plain - ordinary

plane - flight machine plane; flat surface

 

103

pole - post

poll - survey

 

104

poor - not rich

pour - make flow

 

105

pray - implore God

prey - quarry

 

106

principal - most important

principle - belief

 

107

rain – water from sky

rein - bridle

 

108

rap - tap

wrap - drape around

 

109

read - past tense of the verb to read

red - color

 

110

real - factual

reel – roll

 

111

right - correct; not left

write - scribble

 

112

ring - encircle

wring - squeeze

 

113

road - street

rode - past tense of ride

 

114

role - function

roll - rotate

 

115

rose - flower

rows - lines

 

116

sail - move by wind power

sale - bargain price

 

117

scene - landscape

seen – viewed

 

118

sea - ocean segment

see - observe with eyes

 

119

seam - joining edge

seem - appear

 

120

sew - connect with thread

so - as a result

sow – plant

121

soar - ascend

sore - hurt place

 

122

sole - single

soul - essence

 

123

son - male child

sun - the star that lights the solar system

 

124

some - a few

sum - amount

 

125

stair - step

stare - to look at steadily

 

126

steal - swipe

steel - alloy

 

127

suite - large room in a hotel

sweet - the opposite of sour

 

128

tail - animal’s appendage

tale - story

 

129

their - belonging to them

there - at that place

they’re - they are

130

threw - past tense of throw

through - passing from one place to another

 

131

to - toward

too - also

two - the number 2

132

toe - foot appendage

tow - pull along

 

133

vary - differ

very - wail - howl

 

134

wail - howl

whale - huge sea mammal

 

135

waist - area below ribs

waste - squander

 

136

wait – kill time

weight - measurable load

 

137

war - battle

wore - did wear

 

138

warn - caution

worn - used

 

139

way - path

weigh - measure mass

 

140

we - us

wee - tiny

 

141

weak - not strong

week - seven days

 

142

wear - to don attire

where - question word

 

143

weather - climate

whether - if

 

144

which - that

witch - sorcerer

 

145

wood - material coming from trees

would - conditional auxiliary

 

146

your - belonging to you

you’re - you are

Yore – of long time

147

Yoke- a plough drawn by camel or donkey

Yolk- yellow part of the egg