List of English homographs

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Homographs are words with the same spelling but having more than one meaning. Homographs may be pronounced the same (homonyms), or they may be pronounced differently (heteronyms, also known as heterophones).

Some homographs are nouns or adjectives when the accent is on the first syllable, and verbs when it is on the second. When the prefix "re-" is added to a monosyllabic word, the word gains currency both as a noun and as a verb.

Most of the pairs listed below are closely related: for example, "absent" as a noun meaning "missing", and as a verb meaning "to make oneself missing." There are also many cases in which homographs are of an entirely separate origin, or whose meanings have diverged to the point that present-day speakers have little historical understanding: for example, "bat". Many, though not all of these, have first syllables that evolved from Latin. Also, some words only exhibit stress alternation in certain dialects of English. For a list of homographs with different pronunciations (heteronyms) see List of homographs.

  1. accent
  2. address
  3. advocate
  4. agape
  5. bank
  6. bar
  7. bass
  8. bat
  9. bow
  10. brace
  11. buck
  12. building
  13. carp
  14. cleave
  15. close
  16. contact
  17. contract
  18. crane
  19. dab
  20. dear
  21. degree
  22. discharge
  23. discount
  24. dismount
  25. display
  26. doing
  27. dove
  28. down
  29. drain
  30. drawer
  31. dub
  32. effect
  33. engage
  34. entrances
  35. evening
  36. excuse
  37. exploit
  38. extract
  39. file
  40. finance
  41. fine
  42. flush
  43. foot
  44. gay
  45. gorge
  46. hoe
  47. impact
  48. implant
  49. import
  50. impound
  51. incline
  52. increase
  53. insert
  54. insult
  55. intercept
  56. interchange
  57. intestine
  58. intimate
  59. into
  60. intrigue
  61. invalid
  62. invite
  63. just
  64. lead
  65. learned
  66. leave
  67. leaves
  68. letter
  69. lie
  70. light
  71. lighter
  72. lit
  73. live
  74. lumber
  75. manifest
  76. match
  77. may
  78. mean
  79. mind
  80. minute
  81. moped
  82. mortar
  83. murder
  84. nail
  85. notice
  86. novel
  87. number
  88. obituary
  89. object
  90. obtuse
  91. offense
  92. overcount
  93. overlay
  94. overlook
  95. park
  96. patient
  97. perfect
  98. perfume
  99. permit
  100. pervert
  101. pitch
  102. plaster
  103. polish
  104. portmanteau
  105. predate
  106. present
  107. proceeds
  108. progress
  109. project
  110. protest
  111. purpose
  112. putting
  113. quail
  114. quarry
  115. racket
  116. read
  117. rebel
  118. recall
  119. recap
  120. recess
  121. record
  122. redress
  123. refund
  124. refuse
  125. regress
  126. reject
  127. relapse
  128. remake
  129. research
  130. resent
  131. retake
  132. retard
  133. retract
  134. rock
  135. rose
  136. round
  137. row
  138. scared
  139. seal
  140. second
  141. sewer
  142. sheer
  143. sign
  144. sink
  145. skied
  146. sow
  147. spirit
  148. spoke
  149. story
  150. subject
  151. survey
  152. suspect
  153. tear
  154. theory
  155. tie
  156. toll
  157. too
  158. train
  159. transfer
  160. transform
  161. transplant
  162. transport
  163. transpose
  164. type
  165. undercount
  166. update
  167. uplift
  168. upset
  169. venery
  170. watch
  171. wave
  172. wind
  173. wound
  174. yard

Polysemes[edit]

Polysemes are words that at one time described an activity but later acquired other meanings as well, such as those engaged in the activity, the product of the activity, the place or time where the activity occurs or a verb concerning the activity. Here are some examples:

See also[edit]

Wiktionary
Wiktionary has a category on English heteronyms

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