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Homonyms, Homophones and Homographs

Vocabulary Building · English Word Power

by Manik Joshi


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HOMONYMSHomonym 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 meaningHomonyms are also known as "Multiple Meaning Words".Examples: fare, principal, etc.Fare — a passenger | Fare — pricePrincipal — most important | Principal — head of a schoolIn 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 meaningNote: 'Homophones' are also called 'Heterographs'.Homophones are also known as "Sound-Alike Words".Examples: ad/add, know/no, etc.ad — advertisement | add — to includeknow — to have information | no — refusalHOMOGRAPHS:Same Spelling / Different Pronunciation / Different meaningNote: 'Homographs' are also called 'Heterophones'.Examples: bow, lead, etc.Bow (noun) — [Pronunciation — bau] — a weapon used for shooting arrowsBow (verb) — [Pronunciation — baw] — to move your head forwards and downwardsLead (noun) — [Pronunciation — led] — a metallic elementLead (verb) — [Pronunciation — lied] — to go in front100 HOMONYMS ALONG WITH THEIR MEANINGS:Sample This:01. Accident1. Accident — an event in which injury or damage is caused in or by vehicle2. Accident — something that happens unexpectedly02. Action1. Action — a legal process2. Action — fighting in a war03. Alight1. Alight — on fire2. Alight — to get out of a vehicle04. Angle1. Angle — inclination of two lines with each, measure in degrees2. Angle — to catch fish05. Arch1. Arch — curve; semicircle2. Arch — mischievous600 HOMOPHONE PAIRS ALONG WITH THEIR MEANINGS:Sample This:01. Abhorrent / Aberrant1. Abhorrent — causing hatred for moral reasons2. Aberrant — unusual and socially unacceptable02. Accede / Exceed1. Accede — to agree2. Exceed — to surpass03. Accept / Except1. Accept — to admit2. Except — apart from04. Acclamation / Acclimation1. Acclamation — loud and enthusiastic welcome2. Acclimation — process of getting used to a new climate or situation05. Adapt / Adept / Adopt1. Adapt — to adjust or modify2. Adept — skillful3. Adopt — to become legal parents of somebody's child150 HOMOGRAPHS ALONG WITH THEIR MEANINGS AND PRONUNCIATION:Sample This:01. Absent1. Absent (adjective) — not present2. Absent (verb) — to not be in a place02. Abuse1. Abuse (noun) — misuse2. Abuse (verb) — to misuse something03. Accent1. Accent (noun) — pronunciation2. Accent (verb) — to put emphasis on a part of something04. Address1. Address (noun) — details of the place where you live or work; postal address2. Address (verb) — to make a formal speech05. Advocate1. Advocate (noun) — supporter of something2. Advocate (verb) — to support something publicly

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Manik Joshi was born on Jan 26, 1979 at Ranikhet and is permanent resident of Haldwani, Kumaon zone of India. He is an internet marketer by profession. He is interested in domaining (business of buying and selling domain names), web designing (cre...

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