Homonyms, or multiple meaning words, are words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. For example, bear.
A bear (the animal) can bear (tolerate) very cold temperatures.
The driver turned left (opposite of right) and left (departed from) the main road.
Address – Address
I can give you the address of a good attorney.
That letter was addressed to me.
Band – Band
The band was playing old Beatles songs.
She always ties her hair back in a band.
Many insects are banded black and yellow.
Bat – Bat
I am afraid of bats.
It’s his first time at bat in the major leagues.
Match – Match
If you suspect a gas leak do not strike a match or use electricity.
Her fingerprints match those found at the scene of the crime.
Mean – Mean
What does this sentence mean?
He needed to find a mean between frankness and rudeness.
Right – Right
I’m sure I’m right.
Take a right turn at the intersection.
Ring – Ring
What a beautiful ring!
The children sat on the floor in a ring.
Rock – Rock
Komuro formed a rock band with some friends while in college.
To build the tunnel, they had to cut through 500 feet of solid rock.
Rose – Rose
She has a rose garden.
Sales rose by 20% over the Christmas period.
Spring – Spring
I’m sorry to spring it on you, but I’ve been offered another job.
He was born in the spring of 1944.
Stalk – Stalk
He ate the apple, stalk and all.
Snatching up my bag, I stalk out of the room.
Well – Well
The conference was very well organized.
The dog fell down a well.
Clip – Clip
They are clips from the new James Bond film.
The wire is held on with a metal clip.
Date – Date
The date on the letter was 30th August 1962.
She and Ron go to the park to date.
Drop – Drop
The apples are beginning to drop from the trees.
A single drop of blood splashed onto the floor.
Fly – Fly
A fly was buzzing against the window.
Let’s fly a kite.
Letter – Letter
There’s a letter for you.
“B” is the second letter of the alphabet.
Palm – Palm
He held the bird gently in the palm of his hand.
The coconut palm is a native of Malaysia.
Park – Park
We went for a walk in the park.
The tennis court is sometimes used as a car park.
Point – Point
He’s just saying that to prove a point.
Everything seemed to point in one direction.
Ruler – Ruler
I have a 12 inch ruler.
King Priam was a firm, but just ruler.
Saw – Saw
Saw is a tool that has a long blade with sharp points along one of its edges.
Last night, I saw a lovely girl.
Scale – Scale
They entertain on a large scale.
He somehow managed to scale the sheer outside wall of the tower.
Ship – Ship
There are two restaurants on board ship.
A new engine was shipped over from the US.
Sink – Sink
The ships sink to the bottom of the sea.
I felt chained to the kitchen sink.
Tie – Tie
He had to tie her hands together.
I wear a shirt and tie at work.
Trip – Trip
We went on a trip to the mountains.
Someone will trip over that cable.
Wave – Wave
Huge waves were breaking on the shore.
The people on the bus waved and we waved back.