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Match the Homonym to its Definition

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.

'Match the Homonym to its Definition' 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.

 

 

Are you ready to begin?

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to help you! 

 

 

Column A

Column B

Incense (noun)
To enrage
Incense (verb)
A pleasant smelling spice
Check (noun)
Ensure accuracy
Check (verb)
A pattern of small squares

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

 

 

 

 

She was very proud to submit her project.

Nobody had expected the building project to be so challenging.

Large chunks of the project were incomprehensible.

He was able to project the pictures of the building on to the screen.

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

 

(Decline, Reject)

(Waste, Scraps) 

 

 

     

Dismiss

Refuse

Deny

Deprive

Averse

How are you finding this activity, word detective?

 

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

 

The children had never meant to subject their parents to such a difficult task.  

 

 

 

 

 

Make them go through such a difficult task

Have to try so hard to persuade them to do the task

Be disappointed with how badly the task was going

Have to help them to understand the difficult task

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

 

 

 

Make them go through such a difficult task

Have to try so hard to persuade them to do the task

Be disappointed with how badly the task was going

Have to help them to understand the difficult task

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

 

(Convey, Articulate)

(Rapid, Swift) 

 

 

     

Discuss

Express

Quick

Speedy

Converse

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

 

 

     

Tighten the buckle on your shoe.

That belt has a lovely shiny buckle.

Suddenly, he felt his knee buckle beneath him.

He couldn't wait to loosen the buckle on his belt.

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

 

(Basket, Box)

(Delay, Inhibit) 

 

     

Hinder

Hamper

Crate

Case

Storage

Select the two definitions of the word 'lean' from the options given below. 

 

 

Snide

Stealthy

Slender

Slump

Slant

Straighten

doctor is someone who tries to help people who are sick to get better.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'doctor' from the options below. 

 

 

Retain

Conserve

Change

Protect

Preserve

  • Question 1

Are you ready to begin?

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

 

Use the word type in brackets to help you! 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Incense (noun)
A pleasant smelling spice
Incense (verb)
To enrage
Check (noun)
A pattern of small squares
Check (verb)
Ensure accuracy
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever smelled incense sticks? They're really pleasant - the complete opposite of the verb definition! Someone who is incensed is full of rage! As for 'check', do you or does anyone in your family own a checked shirt? It's a pattern of small squares. Look it up if you're unsure. Hopefully, you're checking your answers carefully as you work through your activities to ensure you're being accurate.
  • Question 2

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

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
He was able to project the pictures of the building on to the screen.
EDDIE SAYS
I'm sure you have completed a project at some point in your life. Maybe you did a research project on an interesting history or science topic, or maybe you are more hands-on and have completed an art or DT project. The verb is pronounced with more emphasis on 'ject' - check with an adult if you need to. In basic terms, it means to put something forward. In this case, the person is projecting a picture onto the screen, so displaying something (or putting it) on to the screen. If it helps you to understand, think of the job of a projector!
  • Question 3

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

 

(Decline, Reject)

(Waste, Scraps) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Refuse
EDDIE SAYS
This homonym has very slightly different pronunciations. Check with an adult if you're unsure. The verb refuse is the one you're most likely to understand. Very basically, it's when you say no to something and there are a few synonyms for that in our options in the list. The second one is harder but if you've ever been to a shop and noticed the bin bags, they're often called refuse sacks. Refuse is another word for rubbish.
  • Question 4

How are you finding this activity, word detective?

 

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

 

The children had never meant to subject their parents to such a difficult task.  

 

 

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Make them go through such a difficult task
EDDIE SAYS
When you see the word 'subject', I bet the noun definition comes into your head first. That might be as in a subject at school, or the subject of your conversation, or even in a royal court where a subject is someone who is ruled over. As a verb, it's pronounced with slightly more emphasis on 'ject' - check with an adult if you're unsure. It means that you make someone undergo something else. So here, the parents were subjected to a difficult task.
  • Question 5

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

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
If you can't get through to someone on the phone because they're talking to someone else, we say the phone is engaged. Or, if you wanted to meet with someone and you were told they were engaged at the moment, that would mean they are busy just now. The other meaning of engaged is when two people make a promise to marry each other, and one normally gives the other a ring to show that they intend to get married.
  • Question 6

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

 

(Convey, Articulate)

(Rapid, Swift) 

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Express
EDDIE SAYS
When you express yourself, you are saying what you think and this is what 'convey' also means. To articulate something means to put what you think or feel into words. The adjective definition means really fast, for example, an express train is an extremely rapid train. There were some difficult words here, weren't there? Did you know the word 'converse'? That has two meanings too - it can mean to have a conversation with someone and it can also mean that something is the opposite of something else. With so many tricky words, you need to make a note of any of them that are new to you to help to build up your vocabulary.
  • Question 7

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

 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Suddenly, he felt his knee buckle beneath him.
EDDIE SAYS
The buckle in the picture and the buckle on your shoes are the noun form of this homonym. Have you used the verb before? I'm super impressed if you have. It means to bend, fold or contort under pressure. Have your knees ever buckled, perhaps if you've done a lot of exercise or feel very tired? Or perhaps you've heard that bridges can buckle if there's too much weight on them.
  • Question 8

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

 

(Basket, Box)

(Delay, Inhibit) 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Hamper
EDDIE SAYS
Do you recognise that if the basket in the picture was being taken on a picnic, we would call it a hamper? The verb hamper means to hold back the progress of something or someone, which is also what hinder means. These are both useful words to grasp, but for this question, we need to select 'hamper' as correct because it also matches with the meaning of 'basket'.
  • Question 9

Select the two definitions of the word 'lean' from the options given below. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Slender
Slant
EDDIE SAYS
When you are tired, you might lean against a wall to take the weight off your feet. Or, you might lean closer to someone to share a secret. In both cases, you slant your body more towards that object or person. The adjective lean means very slim, slender or low in fat. For example, you can buy lean meat, which is really low in fat, or you could call an athlete lean because they are very muscular and don't have much fat on their bodies. Quickly, on to the last question word detective!
  • Question 10

doctor is someone who tries to help people who are sick to get better.

 

Select the other definition of the word 'doctor' from the options below. 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Change
EDDIE SAYS
This is quite a tricky one, so I'm very impressed if you got it correct! To 'doctor' something means to change it, and often there's a suggestion that the thing that's been changed shouldn't really have been interfered with. For example, a document might be doctored to conceal something that shouldn't have been done or a vehicle's controls might be doctored to make the car look newer than it actually is. Look this word up if you'd like to understand more fully. Terrific work if you got this last one correct - there were some tricky words here, homonym hunter!
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