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Recognise which Homonym Makes Sense in the Sentence

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.

'Recognise which Homonym Makes Sense in the Sentence' 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 word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

Use the word type in brackets to help you.

 

Column A

Column B

Season (noun)
Prepare
Season (verb)
Strength
Might (adjective)
Possibly do
Might (verb)
Support
Brace (noun)
Flavour
Brace (verb)
Period

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'contest' is not used as a noun.

 

Glittery stars on surface

I was thrilled to win the contest

Contests are held every week

I will certainly contest that decision

The decision of who wins the contest is final

When will the contest end?

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

 

(Organise, Synchronise)

(Direction, Position)

 

Point

Grid

Axes

Coordinate

Location

The atmosphere is the mixture of gases that surround and protect the Earth.

 

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

 

Mood

Breathe

Warmth

Aroma

Visuals

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

To be late is to arrive somewhere after you are supposed to.

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

Deceased

Celebrated

Confused

Delayed

Affixed

In this sentence, what does the homonym maiden mean?

 

The ship set off on its maiden voyage, to great cheers.

 

There were only women on board

The people cheering were all women

It was the first time the ship was sailing

It was the last time the ship was sailing

At the destination, they would be greeted by women

Select the two definitions of the word compound from the options below.

There were only women on board

The people cheering were all women

It was the first time the ship was sailing

It was the last time the ship was sailing

At the destination, they would be greeted by women

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

 

(Ignore, Dismiss) (Reduce, Deduction)

Sale

Bargain

Promotion

Discount

Offer

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

 

Disassemble

Create

Imagine

Food waste

Food that is processed

Food grown by farmers

You've reached the final question, word detective.

 

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

(Pit, Trench) (Prey, Victim) 

 

     

Rockery

Well

Foundations

Quarry

Mine

  • Question 1

Hello word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

Use the word type in brackets to help you.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Season (noun)
Period
Season (verb)
Flavour
Might (adjective)
Strength
Might (verb)
Possibly do
Brace (noun)
Support
Brace (verb)
Prepare
EDDIE SAYS
These are pretty tricky words so don't worry if you didn't get them all right. For each pair here, there's a very common definition and one that you might not be so familiar with. Always match up the ones you're most confident with first. Do you know what people use to season their food? Salt and pepper are common examples of this. The other type of season is a period of time, whether it's the seasons of the year or the football season. What others can you think of? Might is a modal verb, which demonstrates a certain possibility of something happening. As for brace, you might know this noun as meaning the braces some men wear to keep their trousers up, or the braces people have put on their teeth to straighten them. But as a verb, it means to prepare yourself. Have you heard the phrase "Brace yourself!" before?
  • Question 2

Choose the sentence below where the homonym 'contest' is not used as a noun.

 

Glittery stars on surface

CORRECT ANSWER
I will certainly contest that decision
EDDIE SAYS
A contest is a type of competition or challenge, but this spelling also has a verb form, which means to argue against something. Here, the third option tells us that the speaker is going to argue against the decision, so that is the verb. Can you think of a time that you have contested, or challenged, something?
  • Question 3

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

 

(Organise, Synchronise)

(Direction, Position)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Coordinate
EDDIE SAYS
Have you used coordinates in maths? It's a way of locating a particular point on a grid. Coordinate is also a word that means to organise something, and in their jobs, some people are called coordinators, which reflects that their role is to organise other people and events.
  • Question 4

The atmosphere is the mixture of gases that surround and protect the Earth.

 

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Mood
EDDIE SAYS
Have you learned about the atmosphere? It is talked about a lot at the moment as people are becoming increasingly worried about how much we are polluting and damaging the Earth's atmosphere. It can also be used as a word that describes the tone of an event. For example, if a really grumpy person arrived at a party, we could say that they ruined the atmosphere. Or if you were to go to a brilliant concert or sports match, people often remember the amazing atmosphere.
  • Question 5

How are you getting on, word detective?

 

To be late is to arrive somewhere after you are supposed to.

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

CORRECT ANSWER
Deceased
EDDIE SAYS
This isn't the cheeriest question, but if you ever hear somebody talk of their late grandmother or their late husband, that person is not running behind on time. It's a respectful way of saying that someone has died. Did you think that 'delayed' might be the answer? If you're delayed, it could mean that you are going to be late but this is the same definition as the one used in the opening sentence and we were looking for a different meaning.
  • Question 6

In this sentence, what does the homonym maiden mean?

 

The ship set off on its maiden voyage, to great cheers.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
It was the first time the ship was sailing
EDDIE SAYS
Have you ever learned about the ship the Titanic? It sunk on its maiden voyage, which was its first voyage. Used like this, 'maiden' is an adjective used to describe an attempt at action for the first time.
  • Question 7

Select the two definitions of the word compound from the options below.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
You might have learned about compound shapes or compound mixtures. These are made of two or more parts, aren't they? A compound can also refer to a fenced-off area, often covered in concrete. For example, large vehicles might be stored in a compound.
  • Question 8

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

 

(Ignore, Dismiss) (Reduce, Deduction)

CORRECT ANSWER
Discount
EDDIE SAYS
Everybody loves it when they go shopping for something and then buy what they want for a discount! It means money has been taken off. The verb 'discount' means to ignore or dismiss somebody's thoughts or opinions. For example, you could describe an arrogant, unpopular and strong-headed leader as discounting the views of his people.
  • Question 9

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

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Create
Food grown by farmers
EDDIE SAYS
We have a verb and a noun here. Can you think of anything you have produced that you're proud of? Perhaps some impressive schoolwork or a piece of art. Produce as a noun is actually what farmers produce. If you have been to a market and seen fresh produce advertised, it's the word for the fruit and vegetables that they have grown.
  • Question 10

You've reached the final question, word detective.

 

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

(Pit, Trench) (Prey, Victim) 

 

     

CORRECT ANSWER
Quarry
EDDIE SAYS
Did you find this final question rather tricky? A quarry is a large pit in the ground which has been dug for the purpose of extracting certain materials, often rocks. You may possibly have come across the other definition in your reading. For example, it could be used in a sentence such as 'he pursued his quarry', where it means he followed his victim or prey. Look out for it! Another activity completed, homonym hunter! In working through this activity you have demonstrated you are able to find the correct homonym when presented with possible definitions.
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