Cracking the Code: Mastering English Words with Multiple Meanings

When a single English word seems to carry multiple meanings, are you ever confused? A word you thought you understood suddenly conveys a completely different meaning.

Is “bow” the gesture of an actor bending at the waist on stage after a performance, or is it the knot of ribbon on a birthday gift? And when you see words like this, are you ever unsure how to pronounce them?

When you’re working on your fluency, you’ll hear multiple meanings quite often in everyday conversation. This can shake your confidence and lead to language anxiety – but it doesn’t have to!

Learning and understanding English words with multiple meanings is possible (and easy).

The best part is that you don’t need a partner for this – you can do it all by yourself.

In this article, I will explain the differences between types of English words with multiple meanings, and provide you with tools to learn them quickly and easily.

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Words that are similar

It is likely that you will come across many words in the English language that look, sound, and mean the same thing, but each has its own unique meaning.


Homonyms are words with identical spelling or pronunciation but entirely different meanings.

Homonyms include both homographs and homophones, which I’ll discus