This is where the English language basically gets it wrong. There are many words that when put in different context can have multiple meanings. It is a bit frustrating for new language learners. For example we could say, "I really like jam on my toast." In this sense "jam" is a delicious condiment that makes our bread taste great. Jam also has another meaning where it applies to fitting something into a tight space. In this section of our website we will explore these words that have multiple personalities.
Open up a dictionary and look for words. More often than not, you will find words that have multiple meanings. Technically almost every word has more than one meaning depending on the context they are used in. Words can have varying meanings and may differ in usage.
These words fall straight into the category. Words that spell the same and have similar pronunciation, but they have different meanings. This can be confusing when words look and sound the same, but have different meanings. But, you can decipher the meaning by reading the sentence and figure out the contextual meaning of the words. This can be better understood with the help of examples.
Date is her favorite fruit to eat.
What is your date of birth?
That bird is called a crane.
We have to use a crane to lift heavy blocks.
I am right.
Take a right turn.
Human rights violators should be punished.
These are words that spell the same, but have different pronunciation and meanings. In writing, it can be a task to find the meaning of these words as used in the context. However, in speech, since they have different pronunciation, it is easy to distinguish their meaning. Some examples of homographs are
She loves to put a bow in her hair.
Bow down to the king.
Wait a minute!
That is only a minute spot.
A female pig is known as sow
We will sow tomato seeds.
So when dealing with words that have multiple meanings, it is important to read sentences because the wrong understanding of the word can change the meaning of the entire text.