Heteronym (het·​ero·​nym)

Definition of Heteronym

  1. One of two or more homographs (such as a bass voice and bass, a fish) that differ in pronunciation and meaning

10 Common Heteronyms

1. Digest: A collection of published material / To absorb nutrients

2. Excuse: A reason or explanation / To let someone off from punishment

3. House: A building that serves as living quarters / To provide living quarters

4. Lead: A metallic element / To lead

5. Minute: A unit of time / Something that is tiny

6. Object: A material thing that can be seen and touched / To express opposition to or disagreement with something

7. Perfect: When it is exactly correct / To make corrections

8. Rebel: Someone who is a resister / To resist

9. Row: A line of something / A fight between parties

10. Subject: A person or thing that is being discussed or described / To cause or force someone or something to undergo an unpleasant experience

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