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Identify Multiple Meanings

In this worksheet, students will find the word that matches all of its explanatory definitions. The word will be a homonym. This will build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Identify Multiple Meanings' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Welcome back word detective! You’re just in time to help us with the latest puzzle, what a stroke of luck!

 

What do you notice about the word 'rock' in the two sentences below?

 

'Sally needs to gently rock the baby’s cot.'

'Jack picked up a rock from the ground.'

 

We’ll give you a clue: the word rock means something completely different in each sentence!

 

Some words are spelled the same, but have more than one meaning. We call these homonyms.

 

For example: rock could be a swaying movement or a hard piece of the ground.

 

     


 

Below are some different meanings for a word which is spelled the same (a homonym). 

 

To look at someone.

An item used to tell the time.

Which word do these sentences define?

 

a)     jump

b)     watch

c)     hand

d)     cold

 

The answer is watch because it matches both of the meanings!

 

 


Let’s try another:

The sound a dog makes.

The outer part of a tree trunk.

Which word do these sentences define?

 

a)     yap

b)     leaf

c)     bark

d)     ground

 

The answer is bark as it matches both of the meanings! 

 

           


 

In this activity, you will need to be a homonym hunter and match words to their meanings.

 

Pssst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: you may want to use a dictionary for any words you find tricky. You can then write them down on a piece of paper and start your own collection of new words!

 

Hello, word detective. Are you ready to make a start?

 

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

An object used to hit a ball in some sports.

A small, flying mammal.

 

Racket

Bat

Wing

Bird

True or false?

In the sentence below, 'fair' means that you treat everyone the same.

 

"I don't really want to go to the fair because my friend forces me to go on scary rides!"

 

Racket

Bat

Wing

Bird

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

Left

Right

Up

Under

A 'pen' can refer to something that we write with.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word pen?

 

A vehicle

A fish

An enclosure

A hotel

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

A line of traffic.

A sweet spread.

 

Honey

Queue

Jam

Syrup

You're halfway through this activity already!

 

In the sentence below, hard means that something is difficult. True or false?

 

I couldn't believe how hard it was to find my way around my new school.

Honey

Queue

Jam

Syrup

Select the correct definitions for 'lie' below.

 

Hint: there are two to spot!

To be dishonest

To stand up

What you use a chair for

To rest in a horizontal position, maybe on your back

'Stamp' is a word meaning when we step on something with force.

 

Which of the other definitions below also match with the word stamp?

 

 

 

A man who delivers post

An envelope with someone's name on it

A letter sent to someone else

A sticker used on an envelope for post

Select the most likely definition of the homonym 'nail' next to each sentence below.

 

Choose from the definitions below:

Metal nail

Fingernail

 

    

 FingernailsMetal nails
She scratched me with her nails.
He hammered the nails into the wall.
I'd like my nails painted.

Yippee - you've reached the final question, word detective!

 

 

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

Cutlery

Bowl

Carpet

Park

  • Question 1

Hello, word detective. Are you ready to make a start?

 

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

An object used to hit a ball in some sports.

A small, flying mammal.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bat
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever seen a bat? They're quite rare animals aren't they? You might see them on a summer's evening flying around in your garden.
None of the other options fit with a flying mammal. Does bat fit with the first definition too? Yes - if you have ever played cricket you will know that you hit the ball with a bat.
How did you get on with this one? Let's have a go at the second question together.
  • Question 2

True or false?

In the sentence below, 'fair' means that you treat everyone the same.

 

"I don't really want to go to the fair because my friend forces me to go on scary rides!"

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever been to the fair? The fact that we're talking about a place gives us a clue- it's a noun. In contrast, the word 'fair' used to mean treating people equally is an adjective.
This means it has to be false! Did you select the correct explanation too?
  • Question 3

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

CORRECT ANSWER
Left
Right
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? Because left and right are together in the list, you probably thought about them as directions straight away. But what about their other meanings? 'Left' can mean you've left something behind, and 'right' can mean correct. So they can both have two completely different meanings.
  • Question 4

A 'pen' can refer to something that we write with.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word pen?

 

CORRECT ANSWER
An enclosure
EDDIE SAYS
Did you know that the enclosure a pig is kept in is called a pig pen? If you've heard this before, then suddenly this question becomes an easy one. Pens are often found on farms for all different kinds of animals, not just for pigs.
  • Question 5

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

Select one of the words below, which matches with both of these definitions.

 

A line of traffic.

A sweet spread.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Jam
EDDIE SAYS
If you live in a busy city or have been on the motorway, you have probably been stuck in a traffic jam before. They're very boring, aren't they? Jam is also a tasty topping for toast or a scone. I definitely prefer this definition over a traffic jam! Do you know the third definition of jam? It means to pack something tightly in, for example, you might jam your clothes into a suitcase that's already too full!
  • Question 6

You're halfway through this activity already!

 

In the sentence below, hard means that something is difficult. True or false?

 

I couldn't believe how hard it was to find my way around my new school.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
'Hard' is an adjective in both definitions, but it's used in different ways. If you have ever tried to find your way around somewhere new, you will know that it's a difficult task. You might say that it was hard.
  • Question 7

Select the correct definitions for 'lie' below.

 

Hint: there are two to spot!

CORRECT ANSWER
To be dishonest
To rest in a horizontal position, maybe on your back
EDDIE SAYS
This time we have a verb which has two very different meanings! You are probably taught not to lie, as in dishonest. However, the other definition refers to something we all do when we go to bed! Though, if you were a horse, you would sleep standing up. What an interesting fact!
  • Question 8

'Stamp' is a word meaning when we step on something with force.

 

Which of the other definitions below also match with the word stamp?

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A sticker used on an envelope for post
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever sent a letter to someone? If so, you would have had to pay some money. To prove that you have paid, a stamp is stuck in the corner of the envelope so that the postman knows that he can deliver it! Some people collect stamps because there are some wonderful pictures on them. Have you ever seen the Roald Dahl set of stamps?
  • Question 9

Select the most likely definition of the homonym 'nail' next to each sentence below.

 

Choose from the definitions below:

Metal nail

Fingernail

 

    

CORRECT ANSWER
 FingernailsMetal nails
She scratched me with her nails.
He hammered the nails into the wall.
I'd like my nails painted.
EDDIE SAYS
Even though it's not impossible, people don't normally scratch each other with metal nails or paint them. Equally, nobody should try hammering fingernails into the wall!
  • Question 10

Yippee - you've reached the final question, word detective!

 

 

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

If you need a hint, there are two homonyms to spot!

CORRECT ANSWER
Bowl
Park
EDDIE SAYS
Well done, homonym hunter - you have completed the final question! It's most likely that you thought of the nouns for bowl and park first. As in the kind of bowl you eat out of and the park you play in. However, they can also be verbs! If you have played a sport like rounders or cricket, you would know that the person who throws the ball to the batsman bowls to them. As for park, you needed to think about cars. When a car stops and is left somewhere, we have to park it rather than leaving it in the middle of the road! Great focus detective, you've now completed this activity.
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