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Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

 

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"Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs:
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Homonyms, Homophones, and Homographs

 

Homonym, Homophone, and Homograph -- Derivation

 

HOMONYM -- HOMO- ("same") + -ONYM ("name")

 

HOMOPHONE -- HOMO- ("same") + -PHONE ("sound")

 

HOMOGRAPH -- HOMO- ("same") + -GRAPH ("writing")

 

 

HOMONYMS

Homonym a word that is spelt like another word (or pronounced like it) but which has a different meaning, for example Key meaning ‘set of answer to problems’ and Key meaning ‘button on computer keyboard’.

 

The state of being a homonym is called homonymy.

 

Very Important Note:

In Strict Sense, Homonyms have same spelling, same pronunciation, and different meaning.

 

HOMONYMS in Strict Sense:

 

Same Spelling / Same Pronunciation / Different meaning

Homonyms are also known as “Multiple Meaning Words”.

 

Examples: fare, principal, etc.

 

Fare -- a passenger | Fare -- price

Principal -- most important | Principal -- head of a school

 

 

In Wider Sense, Homonyms can also include words that have same or similar pronunciation (but different spelling) or same spelling (but different pronunciation).

In first situation, they are called ‘HOMOPHONES’

In second situation, they are called ‘HOMOGRAPHS’

 

HOMONYMS In Wider Sense:

 

HOMOPHONES:

Different Spelling / Same or Similar Pronunciation / Different meaning

Note: ‘Homophones’ are also called ‘Heterographs’.

Homophones are also known as “Sound-Alike Words”.

 

Examples: ad/add, know/no, etc.

 

ad -- advertisement | add -- to include

know -- to have information | no -- refusal

 

 

HOMOGRAPHS:

Same Spelling / Different Pronunciation / Different meaning

Note: ‘Homographs’ are also called Heterophones’.

 

Examples: bow, lead, etc.

 

Bow (noun) -- [Pronunciation -- boʊ] -- a weapon used for shooting arrows

Bow (verb) -- [Pronunciation -- baʊ] -- to move your head forwards and downwards

 

Lead (noun) -- [Pronunciation -- led] -- a metallic element

Lead (verb) -- [Pronunciation -- li:d] -- to go in front

 

 

 

SECTION - 1

TRUE HOMONYMS

Same Spelling / Same Pronunciation / Different Meaning

 

List of homonyms along with their meanings:

 

01. Accident

1. Accident -- an event in which injury or damage is caused in or by vehicle

2. Accident -- something that happens unexpectedly

 

02. Action

1. Action -- a legal process

2. Action -- fighting in a war

 

03. Alight

1. Alight -- on fire

2. Alight -- to get out of a vehicle

 

04. Angle

1. Angle -- inclination of two lines with each, measure in degrees

2. Angle -- to catch fish

 

05. Arch

1. Arch -- curve; semicircle

2. Arch -- mischievous

 

 

SECTION - 2

HOMOPHONES

01. Abhorrent / Aberrant

1. Abhorrent -- causing hatred for moral reasons

2. Aberrant -- unusual and socially unacceptable

 

02. Accede / Exceed

1. Accede -- to agree

2. Exceed -- to surpass

 

03. Accept / Except

1. Accept -- to admit

2. Except -- apart from

 

04. Acclamation / Acclimation

1. Acclamation -- loud and enthusiastic welcome

2. Acclimation -- process of getting used to a new climate or situation

 

05. Adapt / Adept / Adopt

1. Adapt -- to adjust or modify

2. Adept -- skillful

3. Adopt -- to become legal parents of somebody’s child

 

 

 

SECTION - 3

HOMOGRAPHS

01. Absent

1. Absent (adjective) -- not present

2. Absent (verb) -- to not be in a place

 

02. Abuse

1. Abuse  (noun) -- misuse

2. Abuse (verb) -- to misuse something

 

03. Accent

1. Accent (noun) -- pronunciation

2. Accent (verb) -- to put emphasis on a part of something

 

04. Address

1. Address (noun) -- details of the place where you live or work; postal address

2. Address (verb) -- to make a formal speech

 

05. Advocate

1. Advocate (noun) -- supporter of something

2. Advocate (verb) -- to support something publicly

 

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