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Homograph (ho·​mo·​graph)

Definition of Homograph

1. One of two or more words spelled alike but different in meaning or derivation or pronunciation (such as the bow of a ship, a bow and arrow).

What is a Homograph?

A homograph is a word that is spelled the same but has different meanings. One example is bass, which can be a deep voice or tone, and a kind of fish. Another is present, which can be a noun (being a gift); a verb (as to offer); or an adjective, as someone or something is in the place it’s meant to be.

10 Common Homographs

1. Axes: The plural of ax or axe / The plural of axis

2. Bat: A piece of sporting equipment used in softball / A winged mammal

3. Compound: To combine or mix / An enclosed area with a building or group of buildings

4. Desert: A hot, arid region / To leave a place

5. Evening: The period of a day from the end of the afternoon to the beginning of night / Making something more even

6. Fine: Something sharp / Something very good/ Something delicate / A sum of money paid to settle a matter

7. Incense: A substance that produces a pleasant fragrance when burned / To infuriate or make someone vangry

8. Lead:To go first with followers / A type of metal

9. Object: Something you can see or touch / To be opposed to something

10. Produce: To create or make something / Fruits and vegetables

11. Refuse:Garbage / To reject or decline to accept

12. Row: Using oars to propel a boat / A line of something / A fight between parties

13. Second: A base unit of time / What comes after first

14. Tear: To pull something a part or to pieces with force / A drop of water from the eye

15. Wind: To turn something / The flow of gases on a large scale

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