Heteronyms Examples with Meaning – Common Heteronyms list

Heteronyms Examples with Meaning!

What are Heteronyms?

Heteronyms mostly come in pairs. Heteronyms are words that have the same spellings but have different pronunciations. They have different meanings according to pronunciation. Two words never are homophones but can be homographs. For example “Row” when a row is pronounced as “ROUW” its meaning is “a fight” and when we pronounced it as “ROH” its meaning is “a line”.

Related lesson must visit: Homophones

List of heteronyms examples with meaning

Few more examples of heteronyms given below:

Digest

DieJEST = absorb nutrients

DYEjest = collection of published material

Affect 

AFFekt = a person’s feelings

EhFEKT = to change

Reside

RE -SYD = to change places

reZIDE = to stay put

Primer

PRIHMer = elementary book

PRYmer = preparatory coat of paint

Axes 

AKseez = the plural of axis

AKsiz = more than one axe

Convict

KAHNvikt = a prisoner

kunVIKT = to find guilty

Secreted 

SEEkrehted = placed out of sight

seeKREETed = having put out

Relay 

rihLAY = to pass along

REElay = a race by teams

reeLAY = to put it down again, such as a carpet

Conflict 

KAHNflict = a fight or disagreement

kunFLIKT = to act against

Are

AIR = 100 square meters

AHR = plural present tense of “to be”

Row

ROUW = a fight

ROH = a line

Console

kunSOLE = to comfort

KAHNsole = an upright case

Attribute

AHtribyoot = a characteristic of someone (12)

ahTRIByoot = to consider resulting from

Permit

PERmit  = a document giving permission

perMIT = to allow some event to occur

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Project 

PRAHjekt = a task

proJEKT = to show a movie

Moderate

MODerATE = to preside over

MODerit = keeping within reason

Mow

MAU = a pile of hay

MOH = to cut grass

Minute 

myNOOT = tiny

MINNit = 60 seconds

Lead

LED = a metallic element

LEED = to guide

Lather 

(rhymes with bath fur) = worker who installs lath

(rhymes with rather) = Foam

Wind

WINd = the blowing air

WHINEd = to coil up

Crooked 

KROOK-ed = having a curve

KROOKt = neck bending

Do

DOE = a musical note

DOO = to accomplish

Periodic 

PUREeyeODDik = an iodine compound

PEEReeODDik = occasional

Laminate

LAMinit = the cover itself

LAMinate = construct by adding layers

Invalid

INvallid = an ill person

inVALLid = not valid

Buffet 

booFAY = the area where you serve yourself

BUFFet = to pound or bump

Raven 

RAVen = hungry

RAYven = black bird

Deliberate

diLIBerATE = to consider

diLIBerit = carefully considered

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Heteronyms pairs

Does

DOZE = more than one female buck

DUZ = performs

Intern

inTERN = confine to prescribed area

INtern = a physician in training

Dove

DOEV = jumped off

DUV = a bird

Perfect

perFEKT = to make correct

PERfekt = exactly correct

Subject

subJEKT = to force upon

SUBjekt = the theme

Tear

TEER = fluid in eye

TARE = to rip

Bowed

BOH-d = bent

BAU-d = bend

Bow

BOH = instrument used to shoot arrows

BAU = to lower one’s head

Sewer 

SOOwer = place for human waste

SOwer = one who sews

Conduct

kunDUCKT = to lead

KONduckt = behavior

Contest

KAHNtest = match of skill

kunTEST = to argue

Contract

conTRACT = to shrink

CONtract = an agreement

Produce

proDOOS = bring forth

PROdoos = vegetables

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Recreation

REEcreeAshun = remake (also, recreate)

Rek-ree-Ashun  = pastime

Converse 

kunVERS = to talk

KAHNvers = the opposite

Separate

SEPret = not joined together

SEPerATE = to divide into groups

Desert

DEZert = arid region

dihZURT = to leave

Rerun

RErun = a repeated show

reRUN = to repeat a show

Resign

reSYN = to sign again (e.g., a contract)

reZYN = to quit;

Refuse

REFFyoos = garbage

reFUSE = to deny

Multiply 

MULLtihplee = solve in a multiple manner

MULLtihPLIE = multiply two numbers

Nun 

NOON = 14th Hebrew letter

NUN = women in religious order

Resume

REHZoomay = a document of experience

reeZOOM = to restart

Pussy

POOHSee = a kitten

PUHSee = having pus

Excuse

EKskyoos = a reason or explanation

EKskyooz = to let someone off

Secrete 

sehKRET = an armored skullcap

seeKREET = to discharge

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Record

reKORD = to write down

RECKord = a list

Rebel

rihBELL = to resist

REBBell = a resister

Alternate 

ALternait = switch back and forth

ALternit = the next choice

Wound

WOWND = coiled up

WOOND = to injure

Object 

AHBjekt = a thing

ubJEKT = to complain

Pasty

PASStee = a meat pie

PAstee = like glue

Content

kunTENT = satisfied

KAHNtent = meaning

Ares

AIReez = Greek god of war

AIRS = 100 square meter units

Convert 

conVERT = to change someone belief

CONvert = a person whose belief was changed

Pate

PAIT = bald head

PAHT = porcelain paste

paTAY = a minced food

Slough 

SLUFF = the outer layer of snake skin

SLOO = a marshy pond

Present 

preeSENT = to give a talk

PREZent = a gift

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Combine

KOMbyne = a threshing machine

komBYNE = put together

August 

auGUST = important, eminent

AUgust = month [capitalized]

Sow 

SO = to plant seed

SOUW = a pig

Incense 

inSENS = to make angry

INsens = burnt aromatic

Sake 

SAYK = a purpose

SAHkey = alcoholic drink

Close 

CLOSnear

CLOZE = to shut

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