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

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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