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. scared
  109. second
  110. sewer
  111. sink
  112. skied
  113. sow
  114. subject
  115. survey
  116. suspect
  117. sign
  118. spirit
  119. spoke
  120. story
  121. tear
  122. theory
  123. tie
  124. train
  125. transfer
  126. transform
  127. transplant
  128. transport
  129. transpose
  130. too
  131. type
  132. undercount
  133. update
  134. uplift
  135. upset
  136. venery
  137. watch
  138. wave
  139. wind
  140. wound
  141. yard
  142. lit
  143. dab
  144. seal
  145. intimate
  146. 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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