What are Homographs? Examples with sentences.

Before knowing Homographs we need to know what Homonyms are?

Homonyms are a combination of 2 syllables Homo and nyms. Homo means the same and nyms mean name. Homonyms are the same in spelling and pronunciation but have different meanings.

Homonyms are further divided into two parts.

  1. Homophones
  2. Homographs
Today we will learn what homographs with examples.

What is a homograph?

Homograph is made of two words [ Homo + graph ]. Homo means the same and graph means writing, combining them becomes words having the same writing or we can say the same spelling. So they have common spelling but they are different in some way.

What does it mean?

 There are words in English that have same spelling, but have completely different sounds and meanings. These words are called homographs.

Let’s look into the examples of homograph to make things clear:-

LIVELIVE
I live in Mumbai.She performs at Fossils live event in Delhi.
He lives with his mother.The match will be telecasted live today.

Now we can see two totally different meanings of words spelled the same, but have different sounds So they are called homographs.

Let’s look into another examples:-

MINUTEMINUTE
I will be there in a minute. That’s a very minute amount.

Both words are spelled same but their meanings are totally different.
The word minute refers to time and the other word minute means very little.

Lets see more examples:-

WIND
The wind howled about the building.
WIND
Wind your watch
CLOSE
My home is close to the temple
CLOSE
The meeting was closed after Sachin’s speech.
LEAD
Lead is poisonous for animals.
LEAD
He leads his team.
TRAIN
The train will arrive at 7am.
TRAIN
He trains for the Olympics.
MISS
Miss Radhika is employee of the year.
MISS
I miss you so much.
MAY
Maybe he will come tomorrow.
MAY
His exam will start in may.
OBJECT
I object, your honor.
OBJECT
The object is moving.
BOW
He bowed his head and said welcome.
BOW
The ship’s bow looks gorgeous.
Bat
I am afraid of bats.
Bat
Rohit batted for the first time in the t-20 league.
Bank
I worked for a bank.
Bank
He jumped up and went to the opposite bank.
Bar
She was sitting at the bar.
Bar
I ate three bars of chocolate.
Desert
This area of the country is mostly desert.
Desert
The Village was deserted.
Left
Always look left and right before you cross the road.
Left
The plane left for Singapore last night.
Letter
There’s a letter for you.
Letter
A,E,I,O,U these five letters are vowel.
Live
We used to live in London.
Live
The club has live music most nights
Minute
I’ll be back in a few minutes.
Minute
You’d better minute that point.
Novel
I read a lot of novels.
Novel
What a novel idea.
Right
I’m sure I’m right.
Right
Take a right turn at the intersection.
Ring
What a beautiful ring.
Ring
I’ll ring you up later.
Sign
Headaches may be a sign of stress.
Sign
You forgot to sign the cheque.
Tie
He had to tie her hands together.
Tie
I wear a white shirt and black tie at work.
Watch
I like watching TV every night.
Watch
I glanced at my watch.
Firm
I’m working for a firm of accountants.
Firm
These peaches are still firm.
Fly
Apply was buzzing against the window.
Fly
Let’s fly a kite.
Tear
I’ll tear the package open.
Tear
She left the room in tears.
Bass
I play bass in a jazz band.
Bass
Fresh sea bass is a great delicacy.
Capital
Cairo is the capital of Egypt.
Capital
Write your name in capital letters.
Chest
Her heart was pounding in her chest.
Chest
In our family, we should have a Medicine Chest.
Can
I can speak French fluently.
Can
We drank a can of Coke each.
Commune
She lives in a commune.
Commune
It is a place to commune with other person.
Fall
The area is beautiful in the fall.
Fall
The rain was falling steadily.
Bark
Bark is the layer of stems and roots of woody plants.
Bark
The dog is barking.
Beat
Jenny is beating his younger brother.
Beat
He likes to listen beat music.
Cell
Cell means chemical reactions electronic circuits.
Cell
These are the Neuron Cells.
Cricket
Cricket is a game of sports.
Cricket
The insect’s name was Cricket.
Fair
We are enjoying the fair.
Fair
Mary has fair skin.
Fan
We are fans of Marvel.
Fan
The fan is moving so fast.
Fine
We all are fine as usual.
Fine
The fine is 2000 rupees for breaking traffic rules.
Iron
He is ironing his T-shirt.
Iron
To build a house iron is mandatory.
Lie
She is lie in the sand ground of Goa beach.
Lie
The employee was lie to his boss.
Lift
They lift up the Barbell.
Lift
1st floor lift is not working.
Nail
She has colorful nails in her hand.
Nail
He uses a lot of nails to attach the ply.
Note
I am writing a note for my sister.
Note
He brings a 2000 rupees note with him.
Organ
Heart is an organ of our body.
Organ
I can play this organ right.
Palm
The Nun read Jonny’s palm and predicted him.
Palm
I have 12 palm trees in my garden.
Seal
The seal eats only fish items.
Seal
He is sealing the room.
Spirit
I have a joyful spirit in the evening.
Spirit
The evil’s other name is spirit.
Tail
A coin has two sides head & tail.
Tail
When dogs like someone wag his tails.
Trunk
The trunk is so old but I love it’s design.
Trunk
The Elephant has a trunk.
Wave
A big wave has coming over
Wave
Jimmy waved goodbye.

Now, we have basic knowledge about Homograph.

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