Words with Multiple Meanings Illustration | Chest
Can you think of a word for 'chest' which also means 'fight'?

Words with Multiple Meanings 3

This is the third in our series of Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning quizzes on Words with Multiple Meanings. By now you should be pretty good at picking a word which means the same as four others – even if they all mean different things!

Think of the word ‘tap’. It can mean the same as ‘valve’, ‘spout’, ‘stopcock’ or ‘faucet’. It can also mean a ‘listening device’, a ‘wire’ or a ‘bug’. But that’s not all. Here are some more synonyms for ‘tap’: drain, bleed, milk, pierce, draw off, exploit, knock, rap, strike, beat, drum, pat… the list goes on and on.

Improving your vocabulary by learning as many synonyms of other words as you can, will help improve your English and boost your chances when it’s time to take your exams.

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?
(HUT, CABIN) __________ (MOULT, DISCARD)
BARN
SLOUGH
SHED
DROP
Huts and cabins are ‘sheds’. When a snake moults or discards its skin, it ‘sheds’ it. The answer is ‘shed’.
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?
(WATCH, GUARD) __________ (THOUGHT, INTELLIGENCE)
CLOCK
SECURITY
IDEA
MIND
To ‘mind’ something is to watch over or guard it. Your ‘mind’ is your thoughts and intelligence. The answer is ‘mind’.
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?
(THIN, SLENDER) __________ (TILT, SLANT)
SKINNY
LEAN
SLOPE
SLIM
If someone is thin or slender, you might say they were ’lean’. If something is slanted or tilted, it could also be described as ‘leaning’. The answer is ‘lean’.
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?
(FIGHT, SPAR) __________ (CHEST, CONTAINER)
BATH
CARTON
BOX
TORSO
To ‘box’ is to fight or spar, whilst a ‘box’ is a chest or a container. The answer is ‘box’.
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?
(FOLDER, CASE) __________ (RUB, SAND)
FILE
BAG
POLISH
GRIT
A ‘file’ is a type of folder or case. We can smooth something down by rubbing, sanding or ‘filing’ it. The answer is ‘file’.
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?
(SHOOT, STEM) __________ (HUNT, FOLLOW)
FIRE
TRACK
STALK
UNDERSTAND
A shoot or stem on a plant could also be called a ‘stalk’. If you ‘stalk’ some prey, you hunt or follow it. The answer is ‘stalk’.
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?
(LENGTHY, EXTENSIVE) __________ (DESIRE, YEARN)
STRETCHED
LONG
WANT
NEED
If something is lengthy or extensive, then it is ‘long’. To desire or yearn for something is to ‘long’ for it. The answer is ‘long’.
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?
(BREAK, RELAX) __________ (REMAINDER, RESIDUE)
REST
SLEEP
SMASH
LEFTOVERS
When we take a break or relax, we are having a ‘rest’. The remainder or residue might be called the ‘rest’. The answer is ‘rest’.
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?
(BAT, TRUNCHEON) __________ (SOCIETY, GROUP)
VAMPIRE
PUBLIC
BAND
CLUB
Bats and truncheons might also be called ‘clubs’. You might join a society or group, otherwise known as a ‘club’. The answer is ‘club’.
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?
(TERM, TIME) __________ (FLAVOUR, SPICE)
SCHOOL
HOUR
TASTE
SEASON
A period of time might be a term or a ‘season’. To ‘season’ your food is to add flavour or spice to it. The answer is ‘season’.
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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