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homograph

[hom-uh-graf, -grahf, hoh-muh-] /ˈhɒm əˌgræf, -ˌgrɑf, ˈhoʊ mə-/
noun
1.
a word of the same written form as another but of different meaning and usually origin, whether pronounced the same way or not, as bear 1 “to carry; support” and bear 2 “animal” or lead 1 “to conduct” and lead 2 “metal.”.
Origin
1800-1810
1800-10; homo- + -graph
Related forms
homographic
[hom-uh-graf-ik, hoh-muh-] /ˌhɒm əˈgræf ɪk, ˌhoʊ mə-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Can be confused
homograph, homonym, homophone (see synonym study at homonym)
Synonyms
See homonym.
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Examples for homographs
  • Submit sentences including slang expressions or homographs, those words which are spelled the same but have different meanings.
  • The player then gets matching homographs underlined or they have matching homographs, but their pronunciations are different.
  • Qualifiers are used to differentiate between homographs.
  • Students use knowledge of high frequency synonyms and anonyms, and identify homophones and homographs to understand text.
British Dictionary definitions for homographs

homograph

/ˈhɒməˌɡræf; -ˌɡrɑːf/
noun
1.
one of a group of words spelt in the same way but having different meanings Compare heteronym
Derived Forms
homographic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for homographs

homograph

n.

1810, a method of signaling, from homo- (1) "same" + -graph "something written." Meaning "a word of identical spelling with another, but of different origin and meaning, is from 1873. Related: Homographic; homography.

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