Technically in the English language you would be hard pressed to find words that do not have multiple definitions.

At last look, the English language is made up of one hundred-seventy thousand words. When you include slang, close to three-quarters of those words have more than one meaning. If you have a dictionary handy, take a look! It is hard to find that word that only has one meaning, is it? Most of these words only have a slight difference in meaning from their root definition, but some words can be opposites as well. In most cases the context the words are used in dictates the part of speech the word serves as and as a result the meaning intended for the word.

There are three common classifications of words that have multiple meanings: homographs, homonyms, and homophones. Interest fact as these terms start with the prefix homo-, which means the same. The first classification is homographs, these are terms that are spelled the same, but they have different pronunciations and meanings. The homograph that makes me scratch my head is "bass". This could be a fish you pull out of the river or a tone of music that could make your car shake. Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings. An example are the terms right and write. One is the outside of left and the other requires a pen or pencil. The last classification can confuse you the because they sound the same and can have either the same or different spelling and that is called a homonym. An example is the term fair. This could mean being objective or a county-wide festival. This collection of worksheets explores fun and engaging aspects of this topic. The names of animals and the sounds that they make often can swivel into multiple words. We encourage students to use terms in multiple contexts within sentences that they originally write. These worksheets work on expanding vocabulary by identifying words that can be used in different context. Having the ability to master these types of vocabulary terms can help heighten your ability to express yourself and engage your audience in all of your written work.

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Printable Words That Have Multiple Meanings Worksheets

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You Animal!

Say the name of each animal. Write a sentence that uses a different meaning of each animal’s name. Use the dictionary if you need help.

Two Sentences

Write two sentences for each word. Each sentence should reflect a different meaning.

Very Fitting

Write the word from the box that fits each pair of definitions.

Double Meaning

Write two meanings for each of the terms that are given.

My Boxes

Choose the correct word to complete each sentence, based on the context. Use the Box. Circle the terms in the Box that have multiple meanings.

Complete the Sentence

Choose the term whose meaning completes both sentences.

True Multiple Meanings

Write a sentence to demonstrate the different meanings that are possible.

Bend It!

Write a sentence to demonstrate the different meanings of each word.

What Context!

Choose the correct meaning of the bold term in each sentence based on context.

Classes and Multiple Meanings

Sometimes the meaning of a word changes depending on whether it is functioning as a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Read each sentence below. Then, based on the context, choose the correct class for each bolded term. Check your answer by reading the definition.

Identifying By Class

Choose the correct meaning of the bold term in each sentence based on context. Write the class of the bold word on the line.

Giving it Some Class

Write at least one definition for each word class that is describe to you.


Write at least one definition for each class of each term.

Many More

Many words have more than one meaning; many can also belong to more than one class. How many multiple meanings can you think of? Write as many as you can on the lines.

Where it Is?

Circle the letter of the sentence in which the bold has the same meaning as in the original sentence.