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Homonyms are words that are spelled the same or sound the same but have different meanings. For example, a ruler can mean either a stick used for measurement or the leader of a country.

Homonyms can be very confusing for people learning the English language. There is no quick rule or trick to homonyms. You just have to memorize them. Start with the most common homonyms if you are new to English.

Homographs and Homophones

Homophones and homographs are specific types of homonyms. A homophone is a word that has the same pronunciation but different meanings, such as to and two or ate and eight. A homograph is a word that is spelled the same but has different meanings, such as bat, sink and wave.

Homonym Examples

20 Homonyms

More Homonym Examples

Here are some great resources that list many homonym examples.