Multiple Meaning Words or Homonyms in English Language: The English language is such an interesting language, have you noticed there are many words in English Language that actually have the same spelling but different meanings? How often have you gone to your dictionary to check out a word only to find out that it has several meanings, yes that is one of the that that makes the language quite fascinating to non-English speaking folks. 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.
95 Multiple Meaning Words in English Language:
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 or 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
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
More Multiple Meaning Words in English Language
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