Multiple Meaning Words: 95 Words That Have Other Meanings

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English language is such an interesting language, probably many have not yet noticed that many words in English Language actually has same spelling but different meanings. How often have you gone to your dictionary to checkout a word only to find out that it has several meanings, yes that is one of the wonders of English Language and that makes it quite fascinating. We have listed here some of these words, but you can go ahead and peruse through your dictionary and let us know the ones you have discovered too.

1. read: She is going to read the book later./He read the book last night.

2. bass: They caught a bass./His voice belongs in the bass section.

3. bow: She put a bow in her daughter’s hair./Please bow down to the emperor.

4. minute: That is only a minute problem./Wait a minute!

5. learned: The class learned that information last week./He is a very learned individual.

6. sewer: The rats crept through the sewer./She is a fine sewer.

7. wound: They wound up the toy as soon as they got it./She received a wound from the punch.

8. does: He does his homework every night./There were many does in the forest.

9. wind: The wind swept up the leaves./Wind the clock up before you go to bed.

10. sow: A sow is a female pig./We’ll sow the seeds in springtime.

11. crane: That bird is a crane./They had to use a crane to lift the object./She had to crane her neck to see the movie.

12. date: Her favorite fruit to eat is a date./Joe took Alexandria out on a date.

13. engaged: They got engaged on March 7th./The students were very engaged in the presentation.

14. foil: Please wrap the sandwich in foil./They learned about the role of a dramatic foil in English class.

15. leaves: The children love to play in the leaves./They do not like when their father leaves for work.

16. net: What was your net gain for the year?/Crabbing is easier if you bring a net along.

17. point: The pencil has a sharp point./It is not polite to point at people.

18. right: You were right./Make a right turn at the light.

19. rose: My favorite flower is a rose./He quickly rose from his seat.

20. type: He can type over 100 words per minute./That dress is really not her type.

21. Apology: A statement of contrition for an action, or a defense of one

22. Aught: All, or nothing

23. Consult: To offer advice, or to obtain it

24. Continue: To keep doing an action, or to suspend an action

25. Cleave: To adhere, or to separate

26. Clip: To fasten, or detach

27. Discursive: Moving in an orderly fashion among topics, or proceeding aimlessly in a discussion

28. Dollop: A large amount (British English), or a small amount

29. Dust: To add fine particles, or to remove them

30. Enjoin: To impose, or to prohibit

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31. Fast: Quick, or stuck or made stable

32. Garnish: To furnish, as with food preparation, or to take away, as with wages

33. Give out: To provide, or to stop because of a lack of supply

34. Go: To proceed or succeed, or to weaken or fail

35. Custom: A common practice, or a special treatment

36. Dike: A wall to prevent flooding, or a ditch

37. Bill: A payment, or an invoice for payment

38. Buckle: To connect, or to break or collapse

39. Fine: Excellent, or acceptable or good enough

40. Finished: Completed, or ended or destroyed

41. Help: To assist, or to prevent or (in negative constructions) restrain

42. Hold up: To support, or to impede

43. Lease: To offer property for rent, or to hold such property

44. Left: Remained, or departed

45. Let: Allowed, or hindered

46. Liege: A feudal lord, or a vassal

47. Bolt: To secure, or to flee

48. Bound: Heading to a destination, or restrained from movement

49. Literally: Actually, or virtually

50. Mean: Average or stingy, or excellent

51. Model: An exemplar, or a copy

52. Off: Deactivated, or activated, as an alarm

53. First degree: Most severe in the case of a murder charge, or least severe in reference to a burn

54. Fix: To repair, or to castrate

55. Flog: To promote persistently, or to criticize or beat

56. Peer: A person of the nobility, or an equal

57. Presently: Now, or soon

58. Put out: Extinguish, or generate

59. Splice: To join, or to separate

60. Stakeholder: One who has a stake in an enterprise, or a bystander who holds the stake for those placing a bet

61. Strike: To hit, or to miss in an attempt to hit

62. Table: To propose (in British English), or to set aside

63. Temper: To soften, or to strengthen

64. Puzzle: A problem, or to solve one

65. Quantum: Significantly large, or a minuscule part

66. Seed: To sow seeds, or to shed or remove them

67. Variety: A particular type, or many types

68. Wear: To endure, or to deteriorate

69. Weather: To withstand, or to wear away

70. Rent: To purchase use of something, or to sell use

71. Rock: An immobile mass of stone or figuratively similar phenomenon, or a shaking or unsettling movement or action

72. Sanction: To approve, or to boycott

73. Sanguine: Confidently cheerful, or bloodthirsty

74. Scan: To peruse, or to glance

Furthermore on the Multiple Meaning Words

75. Grade: A degree of slope, or a horizontal line or position

76. Handicap: An advantage provided to ensure equality, or a disadvantage that prevents equal achievement

77. Shop: To patronize a business in order to purchase something, or to sell something

78. Skin: To cover, or to remove

79. Skinned: Covered with skin, or with the skin removed

80. Wind up: To end, or to start up

81. Quiddity: Essence, or a trifling point of contention

82. Quite: Rather (as a qualifying modifier), or completely

83. Ravel: To entangle, or to disentangle

84. Refrain: To desist from doing something, or to repeat

85. Throw out: To dispose of, or to present for consideration

86. Transparent: Invisible, or obvious

87. Trim: To decorate, or to remove excess from

88. Trip: A journey, or a stumble

89. Unbending: Rigid, or relaxing

90. Out: Visible, as with stars showing in the sky, or invisible, in reference to lights

91. Out of: Outside, or inside, as in working out of a specific office

92. Overlook: To supervise, or to neglect

93. Oversight: Monitoring, or failing to oversee

94. Screen: To present, or to conceal

95. With: Alongside, or against

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