List of polysemes

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The following is a list of common polysemes. These examples can variously mean a verb to act, a noun for an activity, or nouns for those engaged in the activity, the result of the activity, or the place or time of the activity:

word original use polysemic use
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aggregation coming together result of coming together; those who come together
assembly coming together result of coming together; those who come together
bank keep secure place where things are kept secure
bed something sleepers lie upon what a stream lies on
book a bound collection of pages text distributed as a book
capitalist person who owns a business supporter of capitalism; person who owns a business
congregation coming together result of coming together; those who come together
court seek favor assembly of those seeking favor; the president of the court ("judge")
delegation granting authority to another those to whom authority has been granted
head part of the body above neck person in charge of an organisation
hospital activity or place for lodging guests place for treating the ill
hunt seeking something, especially game animals, to kill or capture those engaged in a search and taking
march moving together on foot those who move together on foot
milk activity of extracting milk result of the extraction
militia military or defense activity those engaged in or subject to being required to engage in defense activity
ministry serving the needs of others those engaged in serving the needs of others
mole a small burrowing mammal someone who burrows for information hoping to go undetected
movement motion, change in position result of motion or change; those who move or change
nurse serving the needs of others someone engaged in serving the needs of others
police make orderly (lawful) law enforcers
service doing for others those who serve (especially military)
rent payment at intervals for use of a property (as tenant) to occupy for rent; (as landlord) to grant occupation for rent
truck a conveyance with wheels conveying with cargo, those who transport cargo, traveling with vigor
Viking raiding those who raid (especially of Scandinavian origin)
wedding joining a couple in matrimony those engaged in joining a couple in matrimony; time or place of doing so
wood a piece of a tree a geographical area with many trees
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