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 heteronyms.

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

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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