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Multiple Meanings Practice 1

In this practice exercise, students will identify a word with multiple meanings using clues in brackets, under timed conditions. This will develop students' vocabulary and comprehension skills.

'Multiple Meanings Practice 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The following activity is a practice exercise to help you to measure your success under timed conditions.

If you are unsure of an answer, move on to the next question.

You should come back to questions you found difficult at the end if you have time. 

 

 

Look at the example below you start.

 

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

 

(Observe, Watch)

(Study, Questionnaire)

 

a) Review

b) Examine

c) Survey

d) Inspect

e) Tally

 

The answer must be 'survey', as this means to watch something and is also a word for a study to find out people's opinions.

 

Now it's time to begin this practice exercise.

Good luck!

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

 

(Smart clothing, Outfit)

(Convenient, Acceptable)

Match

Allow

Suit

Costume

FIt

Select the word below that matches with the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Calm, Tolerant)

(Ailing, Sickly)

 

Patient

Placid

Sufferer

Invalid

Doctor

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

 

(Sprinkling, Covering)

(Cleaning, Brushing)

Powder

Dusting

Scattering

Wiping

Spread

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

 

(Peek, Look)

(Equal, Fellow)

Glance

Squint

Spy

Rival

Peer

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Important, Vital)

(Fastener, Clip)

Main

Key

Staple

Crucial

Fix

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Match, Half-Time)

(Pheasant, Partridge)

Competition

Hobby

Bird

Game

Entertain

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

 

(Origin, Creed)

(Contest, Run)

Ethnicity

Nationality

Contend

Sprint

Race

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

 

(Conceal, Obscure)

(Skin, Coat)

Secrete

Hide

Fur

Fleece

Camouflage

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Serious, Critical)

(Tomb, Burial)

Vital

Important

Cemetry

Grave

Dreadful

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Outline, Sketch)

(Find, Uncover)

Detect

Discover

Trace

Mark

Track

  • Question 1

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

 

(Smart clothing, Outfit)

(Convenient, Acceptable)

CORRECT ANSWER
Suit
EDDIE SAYS
A suit is a smart outfit, usually consisting of a blazer jacket and trousers or a skirt. As a verb, if you say that something suits you, it means that it's an arrangement that works for you as it is convenient or acceptable to you.
  • Question 2

Select the word below that matches with the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Calm, Tolerant)

(Ailing, Sickly)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Patient
EDDIE SAYS
Someone patient is calm and willing to wait for something, rather than being impatient and intolerant. At a hospital or surgery, a patient is someone who is poorly, or ailing, and requires treatment.
  • Question 3

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

 

(Sprinkling, Covering)

(Cleaning, Brushing)

CORRECT ANSWER
Dusting
EDDIE SAYS
A thin or light covering of a powder, or perhaps of snow in the garden, is called a dusting. We also use this word as a verb to mean cleaning or wiping away dust around your home.
  • Question 4

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

 

(Peek, Look)

(Equal, Fellow)

CORRECT ANSWER
Peer
EDDIE SAYS
If you peer at something, you are looking at it. As a noun, your peers are the people of a similar age to you. For example, the people in your class at school would be your peer group.
  • Question 5

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Important, Vital)

(Fastener, Clip)

CORRECT ANSWER
Staple
EDDIE SAYS
Staple can mean very important, for example, certain foods and nutrients are staple parts of your diet. More commonly, we think of staples as small metal clips that we use to fix paper together.
  • Question 6

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Match, Half-Time)

(Pheasant, Partridge)

CORRECT ANSWER
Game
EDDIE SAYS
Games are activities that we play to amuse ourselves. Game also refers to birds, often ones that live in the wild and might be hunted.
  • Question 7

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

 

(Origin, Creed)

(Contest, Run)

CORRECT ANSWER
Race
EDDIE SAYS
Your race is determined by where you're from, people from around the world can be of different races. A race is also a type of competition, which most often is a running contest.
  • Question 8

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

 

(Conceal, Obscure)

(Skin, Coat)

CORRECT ANSWER
Hide
EDDIE SAYS
When you hide yourself, or an object, from someone else, you stop someone from seeing you or it. Hide is also a word for certain animal's skin. Often, it is used for creatures with quite a tough skin, for example, a cow.
  • Question 9

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Serious, Critical)

(Tomb, Burial)

CORRECT ANSWER
Grave
EDDIE SAYS
A grave event or situation is a serious and often solemn one. A grave is also a word used to refer to where somebody has been buried.
  • Question 10

Select the word below that matches the meanings of both sets of words in the brackets. 

 

(Outline, Sketch)

(Find, Uncover)

CORRECT ANSWER
Trace
EDDIE SAYS
To trace something is to locate or find something. The job of a detective would be to trace evidence or trace a criminal's movements. Another verb meaning of trace is to draw around something. Well done for completing this exam practice activity. How did you do?
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