Words Often Confuse the Students – Homonyms Practice Set 2

Here we are providing you some important homonyms

Access – Approach, entry, retrieve

Rudra has got the direct access to Education minister.

May she access some data from your PC ?

Excess – Surplus, superabundance

They should distribute their excess money among the poor.

Accidental – A chance happening

It was only accidental and not planned.

Occidental – Western

He follows occidental transcendentalism.

Adapt – Adjust, change

Our body soon adapts to the new climate.

Adept – Expert, skillful

He is now an adept painter.

Adopt – Accept, take up

They have adopted a girl from their relations.

Affect – Used mainly as verb: influence, afflict, to pretend

The new employment policy will adversely our career.

Effects – As noun: result, impact, as verb : to cause

This is the effect of separating a child from its mother.

The train was held up unless the repairs could be effected.

Addition – To add or put more

Perks and incentives will be in addition to our salary.

Edition – a particular version or total number of books printed at one time

Purchase the latest edition of Luxmi English Dictionary.

Ail – To be ill

Ram has been ailing for over a month.

Ale – A drink

She is addicted to village ale.

Awl – A small tool for piercing holes

A cobbler uses his awl to mend shoes.

Alter – Change

The President’s tour programme was altered on the last moment.

Altar – A place of offering in a church or a temple

Kinjal stood near the alter with closed eyes and folded hands.

Anchor –  to fasten, to fix

Anchor the boat carefully; it is a stormy night.

Encore – A short extra performance at the end of a longer one

Ramesh sang a parody as an encore an audience’s demand.

Antic – Strange, odd

Her antic behaviour surprised everyone.

Antique Old fashioned; ancient

The architect has some antique taste.

Apposite – Appropriate, relevant

She raised an apposite and pertinent objection in the meeting.

Opposite – Contrary to, on the other side

His shop is opposite to the Bank.

Ark – a covered floating vessel

The Bible says that Noah built an ark.

Arc – Curve, part of circle

The beautiful rainbow looks like an arc.

Arch – Superior, deadly, also used as same meaning to arc

She often tends to raise his voice rather arch.

We are arch enemies on the sports field.

Bail – Surety, guarantee

The accused is released on Rs. 100,000 bail.

Bale – A bundle of goods

Three bails of books were dispatched yesterday.

Bare – Naked, uncovered

Avoid moving bare headed and bare footed.

Bear – Verbto carry, to endure/ tolerate

Why should other people bear her burden for her ?

Beer – a kind of wine

She often takes a glass of beer before lunch.

Cabal – A secret group

Our cabal will have a meeting tomorrow.

Cable – A strong thick rope of wires

She buys 30m of cable.

Canvas – A kind of thick and rough cloth

She covered the bag with a canvas.

Canvass – To plead for votes

The leaders are busy in canvassing for their party.

To be continued…….

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