Words with Multiple Meanings Illustration | Glitter-ball
What word means the same as 'dance' and 'orb'?

Words with Multiple Meanings 2

Welcome to the second in this series of 11+ Verbal Reasoning quizzes. If you have already played the first, then you’ll know that we are looking for words which have more than one meaning. Can you choose a word which means the same as four others, even if those four do not mean the same thing?

Think of the word ‘palm’. Of course, you know what it means, don’t you? It can, in fact, mean several things:

  • The front of the hand between the wrist and fingers
  • The front part of a glove
  • A protective device worn by sailmakers on their hands
  • To hide something in your hand
  • To deflect a football with the hand (if you are a goalkeeper)
  • A type of tropical evergreen tree

As you can see, some words have many meanings! See how many you know by taking this quiz..

Example:
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(NOTICE, SEE) __________ (BLEMISH, MOLE)

Answer:
If we notice or see something, we are said to ‘spot’ it. A blemish or a mole can also be referred to as a ‘spot’. The answer is ‘spot’.
1.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(COMPANY, BUSINESS) __________ (SOLID, RIGID)
FIRM
ORGANISATION
AFFAIRS
SHAPE
Companies and businesses might also be called ‘firms’. If something is solid or rigid it might be described as ‘firm’. The answer is ‘firm’.
2.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(JUST, HONEST) __________ (PRETTY, ATTRACTIVE)
ONLY
TRUTH
BEAUTIFUL
FAIR
To be just and honest is to be ‘fair’. ‘Fair’ also means pretty or attractive. The answer is ‘fair’.
3.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(ORB, SPHERE) __________ (DANCE, PARTY)
GLOBE
BALLET
BALL
CELEBRATION
Orbs and spheres are ‘ball-shaped’. A ‘ball’ is a dance or a party (think Cinderella). The answer is ‘ball’.
4.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(STRENGTH, POWER) __________ (MAY, COULD)
FORCE
MIGHT
POSSIBLY
APRIL
Another word for strength or power is ‘might’. If something may or could happen, then it ‘might’. The answer is ‘might’.
5.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(HEALTHY, FIT) __________ (PROPERLY, SKILFULLY)
HEARTY
WELL
JUSTLY
FAIRLY
If someone is fit and healthy then they are ‘well’. To do something properly or skilfully is to do it ‘well’. The answer is ‘well’.
6.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(NATION, GOVERNMENT) __________ (CONDITION, SITUATION)
COUNTRY
COUNCIL
CIRCUMSTANCE
STATE
Countries and governments can be called ‘states’, while something’s condition or situation might be called its ‘state’. The answer is ‘state’.
7.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(BRANCH, POLE) __________ (GLUE, BOND)
STICK
TWIG
NORTH
PROMISE
Branches and poles might be described as ‘sticks’. To glue or bond things together is to ‘stick’ them together. The answer is ‘stick’.
8.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(STARVE, ABSTAIN) __________ (QUICK, RAPID)
HUNGER
SPEEDY
WATERFALL
FAST
To ‘fast’ is to go without or to abstain from food (that’s why we have ‘breakfast’, because we eat again after starving ourselves throughout the night). If something is quick or rapid then it might be called ‘fast’. The answer is ‘fast’.
9.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(DOOR, OPENING) __________ (ENCHANT, CHARM)
ACCESS
MAGIC
ENTRANCE
AMULET
A door or an opening might be called an ‘entrance’. To charm or enchant someone is to ‘entrance’ them (rhymes with ‘dance’). The answer is ‘entrance’.
10.
Which word can have a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the left AND a similar meaning to the words in brackets on the right?
(COMPLAIN, OPPOSE) __________ (ITEM, THING)
GRUMBLE
NOUN
OBJECT
FIGHT
To complain or oppose is to ‘object’. Items and things are ‘objects’. The answer is ‘object’.
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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