Words with Multiple Meanings Illustration | Actors
What word for 'actors' also means 'hurl'?

Words with Multiple Meanings 4

You’ve made it to the fourth and final quiz in this series on Words with More than One Meaning. Well done! You will remember that, in your Eleven Plus Verbal Reasoning exam, you may be asked to find homonyms and homographs which are synonyms of other words. This quiz will help you to practise.

Here’s a quick recap of some useful words and their meanings:

  • Homonym – a word spelt and pronounced the same as another, but with a different meaning (like ‘sole’)
  • Homophone – a word pronounced the same as another, but with a different spelling and meaning (like ‘too’ and ‘two’)
  • Homograph - a word spelt the same as another, but pronounced differently and with a different meaning (like ‘close’ (near) and ‘close’ (shut))
  • Synonym – a word with the same or similar meaning to another (like ‘tall’ and ‘lofty’)

Okay, now we are up to speed, it’s time for the quiz. Good luck!

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?
(QUARREL, ARGUE) __________ (LINE, QUEUE)
ROW
DISPUTE
STRIPE
COLUMN
To quarrel or argue is to ‘row’ (rhymes with ‘now’). A line or queue of people is in a ‘row’ (rhymes with ‘sew’). The answer is ‘row’.
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?
(JOURNEY, OUTING) __________ (STUMBLE, SLIP)
TRAVEL
FALL
TUMBLE
TRIP
To go on a journey or an outing is to take a ‘trip’. To ‘trip’ is to stumble or slip. The answer is ‘trip’.
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?
(MEDIA, NEWSPAPERS) __________ (SMOOTH, FLATTEN)
JOURNALISTS
PRESS
SILKY
SQUASH
The media (specifically the newspapers) are also called the ‘press’. To smooth and flatten something (usually by ironing it) is to ‘press’ it. The answer is ‘press’.
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?
(MAIN, CHIEF) __________ (GUIDE, ESCORT)
PRIMARY
LEAD
TEACH
SCOUT
The main or chief person is the ‘lead’ (think of the ‘lead’ role in a film). To guide or escort something is to ‘lead’ it. The answer is ‘lead’.
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?
(NOISE, RACKET) __________ (RELIABLE, STURDY)
BAT
SOLID
SOUND
TRUSTWORTHY
A noise or racket is a ‘sound’. If something is reliable or sturdy, you might describe it as ‘sound’. The answer is ‘sound’.
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?
(ACTORS, TROUPE) __________ (HURL, THROW)
PERFORMERS
FLING
CAST
TOSS
A troupe of actors might also be called a ‘cast’. To ‘cast’ something is to hurl or throw it. The answer is ‘cast’.
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?
(WORKFORCE, TEAM) __________ (ROD, CANE)
EMPLOYEES
POLE
BATON
STAFF
A workforce or a team of colleagues is known as the ‘staff’. A ‘staff’ is a long stick, similar to a walking stick, a rod or a cane
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?
(CLOAK, SHAWL) __________ (PENINSULA, HEADLAND)
ROBE
OUTCROP
CAPE
PROMONTORY
A ‘cape’ is a type of cloak, similar to a shawl. A headland or peninsular is an outcrop of land also known as a ‘cape’. The answer is ‘cape’.
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?
(TIE, GAME) __________ (SIMILAR, ALIKE)
MATCH
COMPETITION
BIND
PARTNER
A ‘match’ can also be called a tie or a game (think football). Things that ‘match’ are alike or similar. The answer is ‘match’.
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?
(STOOP, BEND) __________ (DIP, DUNK)
BOB
DOUSE
IMMERSE
DUCK
If you ‘duck’ to avoid something, you bend or stoop. To ‘duck’ under a liquid is to dip or dunk. The answer is ‘duck’.
Author:  Stephen O'Hara and Ian Miles

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