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Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs


(A Book By Manik Joshi)


"Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs:
Vocabulary Building"

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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")




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:



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




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






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





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






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




"Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs:
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