Multiple Meaning Words
Many words have more than one meaning. We call these multiple meaning words. There are two main types of multiple meaning words:
Within these two main groups, multiple meaning words can have differences:
Some don't just have different meanings, they have outright opposite connotations. The technical term for this type of multiple meaning word is "contranyms" (also autantonyms or antagonyms). Examples include clip (to attach or to separate) and certain (particular or indeterminate).
Students can learn to distinguish multiple meaning words by playing our interactive vocabulary building games. Another fun exercise is to have students do a sentence writing activity using two or more multiple meaning words. Here are some examples:
Once our system is able to support words that are spelled alike but pronounced differently, we will be updating the lists to include those multiple meaning words as well, so check back soon for more multiple meaning words!