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Homophones & Homographs

Homophones and Homographs
What is Homophone?


Word that sounds the same but different in meaning or spelling is called Homophone.

buy: to get something by paying money
by: beside, very near

dear: highly valued
deer: a wild grass-eating animal

heel: the rounded back part of the foot
heal: to be comforted again

night: the time of day between sunset and sunrise
knight: a warrior, especially of the Middle Ages

 

Homophones Meanings
See

Sea

To look

Sea of water

Meal

Mill

Food

Flour mill

Keen

Kin

Eager

Relative

Seen

Scene

Past participle of ‘see’

Sight

Know

No

Have knowledge

Negation 

Allowed

Aloud

Permitted

Loudly

Meet

Meat

To see

Flesh

Pain

Pen

Pane

Agony

A writing pen

Window pane

Ad

Add

Advertisement

To add

Gate

Get

Gait

Gate of building

To gain

The way someone walks

Hail

Hell

Hailstone

Opposite of heaven

Bard

Barred

Poet

Having bars

Beat

Bit

Drum beat

Little/ past verb of ‘bite’

Bear

Bare

A kind of animal/tolerate

Naked

Kneel

Nil

Sit down on knees

Zero/ nothing

Neat

Knit

Tidy/clean

To weave

Bait

Bet

Fishing area

To bet on something

Brake

Break

Brake of vehicle

To breach

Bell

Bail

Door-bell

To get bail

Band

Banned

Music band/ hair-band

Prohibited

Prey

Pray

To fall prey to

To pray to god

Sent

Saint

Past verb & past participle of ‘send’

Sage

Blue

Blew

Colour

Past verb of ‘blow’

Berth

Birth

Place for sleeping in a train

To come into world

Die

Dye

To exit from the world

To colour hair

Dual

Duel

Double

A fight between two

Hole

whole

Hole in the pocket

Entire

Incite

Insight

Provoke

Knowledge

Knight

Night

Nobleman

Opposite of day

Nay

Neigh

No

Sound of horse

Write

Right

To write

Correct/ opposite of left

Rain

Reign

Rain fall

To rule a country

Pair

Pear

Two

A kind fruit

Medal

Meddle

Gold medal

Interfere

Pale

Pail

Lackluster

Bucket

Peace

Piece

Calm

Slice

Red

Read

Red colour

Past verb of ‘read’

Sail

Sale

To sail a ship

To sale a product

Shoe

Shoo

Footwear

Shoo a dog

Soar

Sore

To fly high

Pain

To

Too

Two

Preposition

Much

Number after ‘one’

Would

Wood

Modal verb

Furniture wood

Board

Bored

Black-board

To get bored

Knead

Need

To knead a dough

Necessity

Hill

Heal

Heel

Mountain hill

To recover

Heel of leg

Pill

peel

A tablet

To peel off a fruit

Pest

Paste

An insect that destroys food

Tooth-paste/ to paste a photo

Power

Pour

Strength

To pour water

Ate

Eight

Past verb of ‘eat’

A number after ‘seven’

Taste

Test

To taste food

Exam/ trial

 

What is Homograph?

Word that is spelt like another word but has a different meaning or pronunciation is called Homograph.
 

bat: a small animal
bat: a piece of wood used to play cricketlead: to be at the head
lead: a type of metal

date: a particular day of the month
date: a musical performance

book: a bundle of printed papers
book: to make arrangement 

 

Homograph Meaning
Park

Park

Public garden

To park a vehicle

Light

Light

Not heavy

Brightness

Crane

Crane

A kind of bird

A kind of machine used for construction

Minute

Minute

A unit of time

Very small

Right

Right

A direction

Correct

Mine

Mine

Belonging to me

Coal mine

Place

Place

Location

To place an order

Bark

Bark

A skin of tree

Sound of dog

Saw

Saw

Past verb of ‘see’

A tool for cutting wood

Fine

Fine

Penalty

Okay

Head

Head

A part of body

In-charge or leader

Bear

Bear

Tolerate

A kind of animal

By

By

A preposition

A prefix as in by-laws

Beat

Beat

Drum beat

Thrash

Date

Date

A date in calendar

A dry fruit

Click

Click

Capture a picture

Hit on the link

Hit

Hit

Successful

Click

Wave

Wave

Sea-wave

A hand gesture

Skip

Skip

Miss out

Jump

Fair

Fair

Beautiful

Just

Can

Can

Modal auxiliary

A kind of barrel/container/drum

Letter

Letter

Alphabet

Write a letter

Mean

Mean

Petty

To mean something

Show

Show

Programme

To display

Sign

Sign

Symptom

Signature

Pine

Pine

To pine for something

A kind of tree

Pupil

Pupil

Student

Pupil of eye

Ear

Ear

An organ of body

An ear of corn

Stable

Stable

Place for keeping horses

Static

State

State

A state in a country

A state of mind

Tear

Tear

Tears in eyes

Tear the envelope 

Left

Left

Past verb of ‘leave’

A direction

Well

Well

Well of water

Good

Back

Back

Back of body

Support

Type

Type

Kind/sort

To type

Ring

Ring

To ring into ears

An ornament

Chest

Chest

A Part of body

A box

Desert

Desert

Sandy place like Sahara

To abandon

Part

Part

To part ways

Segment

Tense

Tense

Tense in language

To stress

Fence

Fence

Fight with sword

Compound wall

Will

Will

Will

A legal document

A modal auxiliary

A wish/desire

Kind

Kind

Type

Generous

Lead

Lead

A kind of metal

To lead a party

Till

Till

A conjunction

To till the soil

Mouse

Mouse

A kind of small animal

A computer device

Set

Set

Group/bank

Sun-set

Wind

Wind

Blow wind

Winding road

Nail

Nail

Finger nail

Nail in the wall

Face

Face

A part of body

To face a problem

 

What is Homonym?
Word that is spelt and pronounced like another word but has a different meaning is called Homonym. It may be used to refer to either homophone or to homograph.

 

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