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Homonys & Homophones Practice

In linguistics, a homonym is one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. This usually happens as a result of the two words having different origins. The state of being a homonym is called homonymy.

Homophones and Homonyms

 

In linguistics, a homonym is one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. This usually happens as a result of the two words having different origins. The state of being a homonym is called homonymy.

 

A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two and too.

 

All homonyms are homophones because they sound the same. However, not all homophones are homonyms. Homophones with different spellings are not homonyms.

 

 

Homonyms

 

 

are the words that sound like one another, particularly when that are pronounced the same way but spelt differently.

 

The Concise Oxford Dictionary defines a homonym as: each of the two or more words having the same spelling and/or pronunciation or different spelling and/or pronunciation but different meanings and origins.

 

Example: Pole and Pole

 

The first Pole refers to a citizen of Poland who could either be referred to as Polish or a Pole. The second Pole refers to a bamboo pole or any other wooden pole.

 

The Complete List of Homonyms

 

 

Bail:

 

The temporary release of an accused person awaiting trial, sometimes on the condition that a sum of money is deposited in the court to guarantee their appearance in the court at a future date

 

        To scoop water out of a ship or a boat

 

        To make an emergency descent by parachute from an aircraft

 

        To rescue someone from a difficulty

 

Bale: A bundle of hay or dry grass

 

 

 

 

Bait:

 

Food used to entice fish or other animals as prey

 

To deliberately annoy, taunt or torment somebody

 

Bate: (Of a hawk) beat wings in agitation and flutter off a perch (term used in falconry)

 

 

Bald: A hair less person

 

Bawled: To have cried loudly

 

 

Band :

 

         A small group of musicians and vocalists

 

        A small group of people who have common interests and purposes Banned: Something that is disallowed or illegal

 

Bard: A poet, traditionally one reciting epics (the Bard is a reference to William Shakespeare)

 

Barred:

 

        enclosed by poles or bars

 

        Prohibited to do something and from going from somewhere

 

 

 

 

Bare: Naked or without any covering

 

Bear:

 

        A large, heavy mammal of the family Ursidae, of which there are several species, the largest being the Kodiak Bear of the Arctic regions

 

        (Stock Exchange) A person who sells shares hoping to buy them back later at lower price

 

Bear:

 

        Manage to tolerate (pain or problem etc…)

 

        Give birth to a child

 

 

Bark: The tough outer covering of a tree

 

Bark: The sharp explosive cry of a dog, fox or a seal

 

Bark: To utter (a command or order) abruptly and aggressively

 

Braque: A sailing ship, typically with three masts

 

 

Baron:

 

        A member of the lowest order of British nobility, minor royalty

 

        A powerful person in business or industry( for instance a press baron or a liquor baron) Barren:

 

        (of land) Too poor or infertile to produce much or any vegetarian

 

        (of tree or a plant) Not producing any fruit or seed

 

        ( of a female animal or woman) Unable to bear offspring or a child

 

        Bleak and lifeless

 

 

Baul: Singing minstrels of Bengal and Bangladesh

 

Bawl:

 

        To shout noisily or angrily

 

        To weep noisily

 

 

Beach:

 

        A pebbly or sandy shore at the edge of the sea or a lake

 

        To bring into the beach from water

 

Beech: A large tree with smooth grey bark, glossy leaves and hard, pale, fine-grained wood

 

 

Berry: A small juicy fruit without a stone

 

 

 

 

Bury:

 

        Put or hide understood

        {lace a dead body in the earth or in a tomb

 

        Cause to disappear or to become unnoticeable

 

        involve oneself deeply in something

 

 

Berth:

 

        A ship’s allotted place at a wharf or dock

 

        Moor or moored in a berth

 

        Provide a berth for a passenger on a train Birth:

 

        The emergence of a body or the young creature from the body of its mother

 

        The start of life as a physically separate being

 

        The beginning of something, the origin, descent, ancestry

 

 

Better: Superior, in a more advanced stage

 

Bettor: A person who plays or places a bet

 

 

Bite:

 

        Use the teeth to cut something into pieces

 

        (Of a fish) Take the bait at the end of the fishing net into mouth

 

        (Of a policy or situation)Take effect with unpleasant consequences

 

Byte: (Computing) a group of binary digits or bits (usually eight) operated on a unit

 

 

Bloc: An alliance or a group (of political parties or countries)

 

Block:

 

        A large solid piece of hard material with flat surface on each side

 

        A large single building subdivided into separate flats or offices

 

        An obstacle to the smooth or normal progress or functioning of something

 

 

Boar: A wild pig found in the jungle

 

Boer: A south African of Dutch descent

 

Boor: A rough and bad-mannered person, tasteless buffoon

 

 

 

Bore:

 

        To make a hole in something

 

        The hollow part inside a gun barrel or other tube

 

        A dull and uninteresting person or activity

 

        Make somebody feel weary and uninterested by virtue of being dull and tedious

 

 

Board:

 

        A long, thin, flat piece of wood used for floors or other building purposes

 

        The decision-making body of an organization

 

        The provision of regular meals in return for payment or services

 

        To get into a train or into a ship or into an aircraft

 

Bored: Weary of or uninterested in something or somebody

 

 

Bolder: More courageous or braver than somebody

 

Boulder: A large rock

 

 

Bole: A tree trunk

 

Bowl: A dish

 

 

Boos: Disparaging sounds or calls from fans

 

Booze: Alcohol or liquor

 

 

Borough: A town

 

Burrow:

 

        A hole or tunnel dug by a small animal as a dwelling

 

        To dig into or through something solid

 

Bough: A main branch of a tree

 

 

Bow:

 

        A knot tied with two loops and two loose ends

 

        A weapon for shooting arrows that is made of a curved piece of wood joined at both ends by a taut string

 

Bow:

 

1. Lower the head or bend the upper part of the body as a sign of respect, greeting or shame

 

 

 

 

        Cause to bend with age or under a heavy weight

 

        Give in to pressure or demands

 

        Withdraw or retire from something(to bow out)

 

 

Buoy: A navigational aid

 

Boy: a male child

 

 

Breach:

 

        An act of breaking a law or agreement or code of conduct

 

        A gap in a wall or barrier, especially one made by an attacking army Breech:

 

        The part of a cannon behind the bore

 

        The back part of a rifle or gun barrel

 

 

Bread:

 

      Food made of flour, water and yeast, mixed together and baked

 

        (Informal) Money

 

Bred: manner of upbringing – the past tense of breed

 

 

Broach: To raise (a sensitive) a subject for discussion

 

Brooch: An ornamental fastened to clothing with a hinged pin and catch

 

This is The Complete List of Homonyms beginning with B.

 

 

 

 

 

List of Homophones with examples

 

All [everything]                           All the people you invited have attended.

 

Awl [a small point tool]              The wood was carved with an awl.

 

Ail [troubles]                              Mental agony ails her.

 

ale [Kind of beer]                        They were with ale for dinner.

 

Altar [Platform for worship]       Sacrifices were offered on the altar.

 

Alter [to change]                          She had to alter her clothes after losing weight.

 

Aloud [noisely]                           Do not talk aloud.

 

Allowed [permitted]                    They were allowed to go out.

 

Ascent [The action of going up] Edmond Hillary made his ascent on Mount Everest first.

 

Assent [approval]                       The President gave his assent to the financial bill.

 

Advice [counsel]                         He gave an advice to his son .

 

Advise [To give counsel]            Teacher advised all the students.

 

Adapt [To fit]                              Sachin found difficult to adapt in England.

 

 

 

 

Be [To exist] You should be quiet.

 

Bee [Insect] Bees gives honey.

 

Blwe [did blow] Police man blew the whistle to stop the car.

 

Blue [A colour] I wear the blue trouser.


 

Sell [exchange things for money] They sell the fruits at a high price.

 

Cymbal [a round brass plate used in a musical instrument] Rosy plays the cymbal in our school band:

 

 

 

Dye [colour] He applied dye to his hair.

 

 

 

 

Fair [good]  She is a fair lady.

 

Fare [charge] The ticket fare has been hiked.

 

Flew [past tense for fly] Birds flew to warmer places.

 

Flue [pipe in a chimney] Smoke is let out through flue.

 

Grate [make harsh ground] The opposition parties grate the ruling party.

 


 









 





 

Knew [understood] She knew French.

 

Week [unit of time]        I will come in next week.

 

Weak [becoming pale] She is so weak that she cannot walk quickly.

 

Wring [to twist]                 Wring the clothes after wash.

 

Ring [circle to produce a sound] He rings the bell.


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