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Match Multiple Meanings

In this worksheet, students will find the word that matches all of its explanatory definitions. These words are homonyms and help build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Match 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?

 

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

2. 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.

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 no matter what its definition is (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!

 

Now it's over to you detective!

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

A group that you can join.

A wooden weapon used for hitting.

 

 

Team

Hammer

Axe

Club

True or false?

In the sentence below, fly means an insect.

 

The fly hovered above the rubbish bins, buzzing loudly.

 

Team

Hammer

Axe

Club

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

 

 

Tree

Can

Car

Ring

A seal is a type of sea creature.

 

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

 

 

To stick two things together

To separate two things

To store two things together

To look at two things together

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

Select one of the words below, which match with both of the following definitions:

 

To drop in water.

A basin used to hold water.

 

 

Puddle

Sink

Pool

Tap

You're halfway through this activity already!

 

True or false?

In the sentence below, swing refers to a piece of play equipment in the park.

 

I tried to swing the rope around the top branch of the tree. 

 

 

 

Puddle

Sink

Pool

Tap

Select the correct definitions for stuff below.

 

Hint - there are two to spot!

Items you don't need

To tightly fill something up

A general word for items and things

A container

Park is a word used to describe an open space that we can go to play or exercise.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

A place where you can look at cars

To drive a vehicle around

To stop and leave a vehicle somewhere

To drive a vehicle as fast as you can

Only two questions to go Word Detective. You're flying through these!

 

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

 

The hard end of fingers or toes.

Metal fasteners used to join pieces of wood together.

 

 

Pins

Nails

Clasps

Clips

You're onto the final question.

 

True or false?

In the sentence below, left refers to the direction.

 

Someone had found my hat and kindly left it on a post for me to find.

 

 

 

Pins

Nails

Clasps

Clips

  • 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.

 

A group that you can join.

A wooden weapon used for hitting.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Club
EDDIE SAYS
Are you a member of any clubs? There are all sorts of clubs that people can join depending on what they like to do. The other sort of club is the weapon used by cavemen, giants or ogres in stories. You can see one in the picture above!
  • Question 2

True or false?

In the sentence below, fly means an insect.

 

The fly hovered above the rubbish bins, buzzing loudly.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Fly can be a noun or a verb. It is both the name of a type of insect and also a doing word. Here, there's a clue that in the sentence that fly is used as a noun- because the insect is described as the fly. This tells us that its a creature. It's also true that the insect is flying, which is a doing word. Did you spot that the verb fly has been switched for hovered here? This was another clue that our word refers to the insect!
  • Question 3

Which of the words below have multiple meanings?

 

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

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Can
Ring
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? These are all everyday objects, but do either of them have another meaning? Yes - a can is a metal container which might hold a drink or a type of food. The word also has the meaning of being able to do something. For example, I can see my computer. The other correct answer is ring. Some people wear jewellery on their fingers, called rings. However, the word ring can also refer to a high pitched sound. Can you think of any objects that ring?
  • Question 4

A seal is a type of sea creature.

 

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

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
To stick two things together
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever sealed an envelope? Sealed in this use of the word means to close an envelope by sticking the flap at the back to the main part. So to seal something is to join two things together, in the case of the envelope with something sticky like glue.
  • Question 5

How are you getting on with these, word detective?

 

Select one of the words below, which match with both of the following definitions:

 

To drop in water.

A basin used to hold water.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Sink
EDDIE SAYS
The word sink has two meanings, both relate to water but still differ from one another when used. In your kitchen and bathroom, you have a sink which you can fill with water so you can wash an item, or yourself. The other meaning of sink is a verb, which is the opposite of float.
  • Question 6

You're halfway through this activity already!

 

True or false?

In the sentence below, swing refers to a piece of play equipment in the park.

 

I tried to swing the rope around the top branch of the tree. 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
This one is a little bit sneaky because it's possible that the person is trying to make a rope swing! However, in this sentence swing is used as a verb, to show the action that is being done with the rope, rather than as a noun to name an object.
  • Question 7

Select the correct definitions for stuff below.

 

Hint - there are two to spot!

CORRECT ANSWER
To tightly fill something up
A general word for items and things
EDDIE SAYS
First of all, let's think of stuff as in the action of filling something up. Imagine you have a bag that's nearly full, but you have to force one final item inside. You would stuff it in. The filling inside a cushion is called stuffing because it has been used to fill up the cushion to make it squishy and comfortable. The other meaning of stuff isn't a good descriptive word, but we all use it to describe general things. If you are talking about your belongings, you might call it your 'stuff', or if you were telling someone what you learned at school today, you might respond, "lots of stuff".
  • Question 8

Park is a word used to describe an open space that we can go to play or exercise.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
To stop and leave a vehicle somewhere
EDDIE SAYS
I immediately thought of a car here, but you can also park a bike, train or plane! Park in this context means you stop it and leave it somewhere that is not in everyone else's way.
  • Question 9

Only two questions to go Word Detective. You're flying through these!

 

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

 

The hard end of fingers or toes.

Metal fasteners used to join pieces of wood together.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Nails
EDDIE SAYS
Some people bite their nails - do you? In this context, we all know we're talking about biting the ends of our fingers rather than chewing on metal pins! Similarly, if a handyman was asked to use a nail to fix something to the wall, he would certainly not try to use one of his fingernails we would hope. These examples show how we can work out which is the most suitable of multiple meanings depending on the context.
  • Question 10

You're onto the final question.

 

True or false?

In the sentence below, left refers to the direction.

 

Someone had found my hat and kindly left it on a post for me to find.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
It's always good to know that there are honest people who leave things behind rather than taking them if they find them. The person in question left the hat on the fence in the hope the owner would come back for it. That means they carried on with their day, leaving it behind. Fantastic effort throughout the activity here Word Detective - you've reached the end!
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