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Revise Homonym Definitions

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

'Revise Homonym Definitions' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

 

The rash on her arm was really itchy.

There was no doubt she had made a foolish and rash decision.

 

You’ve got it. The word rash 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: rash could mean marks and spots on your skin or, it could mean a thoughtless decision or action.

 

  

 

We need to find a word that fits with the words in the left and right sets of brackets. This word will be a homonym.

 

(Gift, Treat)   (Now, Current)

 

Our choices are: 

a) Soon

b) Today

c) Ready

d) Instant

e) Present

 

The answer is present because it fits with both the word groups and their associated meanings. Present can mean a gift, as well as referring to the current time.

 


        

 

Let’s attempt another question:

Which word matches both sets of meanings in the brackets?

 

(Moult, Cast off)    (Outbuilding, Hut) 

 

Our choices are: 

a) Remove

b) Shed

c) Stable

d) Barn

e) Drop

 

The correct answer is shed as this means to lose hair or skin and, can also be a small structure in the garden.

 

        

 

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: the word you choose has to match all of the definitions provided.

 

 

Hello and welcome to another exciting activity, word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to aid you.

 

 

Column A

Column B

Man (noun)
Direct
Man (verb)
Aim
Hide (verb)
Supervise
Hide (noun)
Conceal
Point (noun)
Male
Point (verb)
Skin

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'fast' is being used as a verb.

 

 

 

 

 

     

The holidays were going incredibly fast.

I can't believe how fast he can eat.

Do you think I'm a fast runner?

I had to fast for a whole month.

I wish I was as fast as my sister.

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Jolt, Jerk)

(Pot, Container) 

 

 

     

Glass

Pot

Jar

Marble

Tin

You're over halfway through already, word detective!

 

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'novel' mean?

 

Using the virtual reality headset was a novel experience.

 

Frightening

Unexpected

Confusing

Story-like

New

Select the two definitions of the word 'grave' from the options below.

 

 

 

Frightening

Unexpected

Confusing

Story-like

New

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Building, Lifting)

(Bird, Feathers)

Crane

Lever

Ladder

Fowl

Game

Keep going - you're nearly there, word detective!

 

Select the two definitions of 'tender' from the list below. 

 

 

      

Gentle

Harsh

Thoughtless

Decline

Offer

Possess

Well done for reaching the final question detective.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Furniture, Storage)

(Government, Advisors) 

 

 

    

Closet

Cupboard

Cabinet

Minister

President

Your tongue is a muscle in your mouth.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'tongue' from the options below

 

 

 

Speech

Language

Conversation

Discussion

Silence

Found is the past tense of 'find'.

 

Select the other definition of the word found from the options below. 

 

 

 

 

Disband

Conceal

Consider

Establish

Minimise

  • Question 1

Hello and welcome to another exciting activity, word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to aid you.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Man (noun)
Male
Man (verb)
Supervise
Hide (verb)
Conceal
Hide (noun)
Skin
Point (noun)
Aim
Point (verb)
Direct
EDDIE SAYS
Phew - there were some difficult ones in here! The trickiest ones are probably the verb form of 'man' and the noun form of 'hide'. During an event, you need staff to man different areas. This means to oversee and supervise areas. As for 'hide', it can be used to mean thick skin. For example, cowhide is used to make leather shoes.
  • Question 2

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'fast' is being used as a verb.

 

 

 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
I had to fast for a whole month.
EDDIE SAYS
Do you know what the verb fast means? It is when you don't eat anything! Some people have to do this before an operation, or some people fast as part of their religion. Have you ever had to fast? The word 'breakfast' literally means to break your fast because it's the first meal you eat after an entire night with no food.
  • Question 3

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Jolt, Jerk)

(Pot, Container) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Jar
EDDIE SAYS
In the picture above we can see marbles in a jar, and you might also have jars in your kitchen cupboards, perhaps of jam or coffee. The verb 'jar' refers to a sudden movement. People sometimes say they have jarred their backs if they move too suddenly.
  • Question 4

You're over halfway through already, word detective!

 

In this sentence, what does the homonym 'novel' mean?

 

Using the virtual reality headset was a novel experience.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
New
EDDIE SAYS
You might be most familiar with the word novel meaning a fiction book. However, it is also an adjective and when it is used in this way it means new. If you have heard of something being a novelty, this is where it comes from!
  • Question 5

Select the two definitions of the word 'grave' from the options below.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You are most likely to be confident of the noun definition here, of a place where somebody is buried. Be careful of the church yard and religious site in the options list, because non-religious people can be buried too, and burial sites aren't always religious places. As for the adjective, 'grave' can also mean serious. You could remember this because going to visit a grave is a serious occasion.
  • Question 6

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Building, Lifting)

(Bird, Feathers)

CORRECT ANSWER
Crane
EDDIE SAYS
Don't worry if you didn't know that there was a type of bird called a crane. It's not a very common one, but just make sure you make a note of this for the future.
  • Question 7

Keep going - you're nearly there, word detective!

 

Select the two definitions of 'tender' from the list below. 

 

 

      

CORRECT ANSWER
Gentle
Offer
EDDIE SAYS
I am very impressed if you knew that tender can mean offer. It is often linked to a financial deal of some sort. You might 'tender your resignation' if you were offering to leave your job. As an adjective, tender means gentle. It can also mean sensitive, for example, if you have muscle pain or toothache, you could say that your muscle or tooth is tender.
  • Question 8

Well done for reaching the final question detective.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Furniture, Storage)

(Government, Advisors) 

 

 

    

CORRECT ANSWER
Cabinet
EDDIE SAYS
Have you seen the Prime Minister debating ideas on the news? The group of people who discuss decisions with him are called the cabinet. Cabinet also refers to a piece of furniture used for storing items. Another activity ticked off! Well done, homonym hunter!
  • Question 9

Your tongue is a muscle in your mouth.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'tongue' from the options below

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Language
EDDIE SAYS
Well done if you knew this one! You're most likely to have heard it in the phrase 'mother tongue' which is the language of the country you were born in or grew up in. Do you or any of your friends have a different mother tongue to English?
  • Question 10

Found is the past tense of 'find'.

 

Select the other definition of the word found from the options below. 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Establish
EDDIE SAYS
This version of found is often seen in the past tense as 'founded' or as a noun in the form of 'founder.' It means to set up or establish something. Because these things have often already been set up, it is used in the past tense. Do you know the founders of any famous or historical events and places?
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