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Recognise 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.

'Recognise 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 'stick' in the two sentences below?

 

"I threw the stick for my dog to chase."

"I used the glue to stick the photos in my album."

 

We’ll give you a clue: the word 'stick' means something completely different in each sentence. 

Did you spot that?

 

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

 

For example: stick could refer to a branch from a tree, or the act of gluing something down.

 

                          


 

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

 

The opposite of right.

Leaving something behind.

 

Which word do these sentences define?

 

a)     down

b)     around

c)     beside

d)     left

 

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


         

 

Let’s try another:

 

Being part of society.

One of the suits in a pack of cards.

Which word do these sentences define?

 

a)     club

b)     hammer

c)     trunk

d)     group

 

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

           

                  


 

In this activity, you will need to act as 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!

 

 

 

Are you ready, word detective?

 

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

 

An animal that lives in your house.

 

To stroke an animal.

 

 

Pet

Creature

Pat

Mammal

True or false?

 

In the sentence below, 'bolt' means that you run away.

 

The bull was chasing us so we had to bolt to the gate!

 

 

Pet

Creature

Pat

Mammal

Are you getting the hang of these, word detective?

 

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

Follow

Break

Biscuit

Smart

An odd number is a number that can't be divided by 2.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word 'odd'?

 

 

Ordinary

Unusual

Common

Popular

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

 

Trim with scissors.

 

An object used to fasten two things together.

 

 

 

Cut

Clip

Band

Staple

You're halfway there, word detective!

 

In the sentence below, 'clear' means that something is obvious. 

True or false?

 

The sea was beautifully clear, so I couldn't wait to dive in.

 

 

 

 

Cut

Clip

Band

Staple

Select the correct definitions for down below.

 

Hint: there are two to spot!

 

Trip

Feel upset

The opposite of up

Mistake

Iron is a type of metal. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

To smooth creases out of clothes

To warm clothes up

To put clothes away

To wash clothes

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

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

 

A place to live.

 

Smooth and level.

 

 

    

 A place to liveSmooth and level
We wanted to decorate our flat.
The water in the lake was flat.
The road was long and flat.

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

 

Swing

Tap

Bob

Wander

  • Question 1

Are you ready, word detective?

 

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

 

An animal that lives in your house.

 

To stroke an animal.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Pet
EDDIE SAYS
Do you have any pets at home? I wonder if you knew that another word for stroking them is to pet them. Perhaps you noticed that none of the other words here could act as a homonym.
  • Question 2

True or false?

 

In the sentence below, 'bolt' means that you run away.

 

The bull was chasing us so we had to bolt to the gate!

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Bolt can mean to run away. It can also mean to lock something or act as a noun for the lock itself! In this sentence, the people are escaping the bull so they are running away. Hopefully, they would have been able to bolt the gate shut behind them, but our sentence didn't mention that.
  • Question 3

Are you getting the hang of these, word detective?

 

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Break
Smart
EDDIE SAYS
At the end of this activity, you might take a break. That doesn't mean you are going to go around destroying things, it means you will take a rest! As for smart, you can dress smartly meaning to look neat. You can also feel smart, for example, if you're getting lots of these questions correct! There is a third meaning too - if you have a cut and it is cleaned with antiseptic it might sting or smart a little. Had you heard of that before detective?
  • Question 4

An odd number is a number that can't be divided by 2.

 

Which of the other definitions below also matches with the word 'odd'?

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Unusual
EDDIE SAYS
Something odd is something a bit weird! As in something unusual. Did you know that numbers which are not odd are even numbers? This refers to all the numbers in the two times table and zero.
  • Question 5

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

 

Trim with scissors.

 

An object used to fasten two things together.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Clip
EDDIE SAYS
Have you heard of hair clippers? This is an example where clip means cutters. The other type of clip could be a paper clip for example, which is used to fasten different sheets of paper together.
  • Question 6

You're halfway there, word detective!

 

In the sentence below, 'clear' means that something is obvious. 

True or false?

 

The sea was beautifully clear, so I couldn't wait to dive in.

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
The two types of clear do seem quite similar in meaning but there is a definite difference. When something is obvious we say that it's clear, but that doesn't mean that we are actually looking through something see-through! It just means that we understand. In this sentence, clear is used to describe how clean the water is and how easy it is to see through it.
  • Question 7

Select the correct definitions for down below.

 

Hint: there are two to spot!

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Feel upset
The opposite of up
EDDIE SAYS
You might feel upset if you fall over or make a mistake but this doesn't mean the same thing as feeling down. Feeling down refers to feeling upset or down in the dumps. The other option is of course the opposite of up. The child in the picture is looking down. There is yet another definition that means the soft feathers that some birds have on their chests - you might have a duvet or pillow on your bed that is filled with duck down.
  • Question 8

Iron is a type of metal. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
To smooth creases out of clothes
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever done the ironing to help out at home? A heated iron is used to take creases out of clothes. Be careful around the iron - when turned on it will be boiling hot!
  • Question 9

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

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

 

A place to live.

 

Smooth and level.

 

 

    

CORRECT ANSWER
 A place to liveSmooth and level
We wanted to decorate our flat.
The water in the lake was flat.
The road was long and flat.
EDDIE SAYS
One use of the words here is a noun and one is an adjective. This might help you to spot the difference. The second and third options are describing the lake and road, here 'flat' is used as an adjective. Whereas in the first sentence, the 'flat' is an object (so a noun).
  • Question 10

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Swing
Tap
EDDIE SAYS
There are actually a couple trying to catch you out here. You may have selected 'bob' because it can mean to bob up and down. It's also a name. However, we can't include names in homonym pairs. As for 'wander', there is a very close spelling, 'wonder', but they are not homonyms. They are different words, one contains an 'a' and one contains an 'o'. So the only two that can work here are 'swing' and 'tap'. Terrific work, homonym hunter!
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