Homographs are words with the same spelling but having more than one meaning

Homographs may be pronounced the same (homophones), or they may be pronounced differently (heteronyms, also known as heterophones).

Some homographs are nouns or adjectives when the accent is on the first syllable, and verbs when it is on the second. When the prefix "re-" is added to a monosyllabic word, the word gains currency both as a noun and as a verb.

Most of the pairs listed below are closely related: for example, "absent" as a noun meaning "missing", and as a verb meaning "to make oneself missing". There are also many cases in which homographs are of an entirely separate origin, or whose meanings have diverged to the point that present-day speakers have little historical understanding: for example, "bat". Many, though not all of these, have first syllables that evolved from Latin. Also, some words only exhibit stress alternation in certain dialects of English. For a list of homographs with different pronunciations (heteronyms) see Heteronym (linguistics).

This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (December 2017)
  1. absent
  2. accent
  3. action
  4. adder
  5. address
  6. advocate
  7. agape
  8. alternate
  9. analyses
  10. appropriate
  11. ash
  12. back
  13. balance
  14. ball
  15. balls
  16. bank
  17. bar
  18. bark
  19. bass
  20. bat
  21. battery
  22. bay
  23. bimonthly
  24. bow
  25. brace
  26. brilliant
  27. buck
  28. buffet
  29. building
  30. can
  31. capital
  32. carp
  33. certain
  34. character
  35. chest
  36. cleave
  37. clip
  38. close
  39. club
  40. combat
  41. combine
  42. commune
  43. console
  44. contact
  45. content
  46. contest
  47. contract
  48. converse
  49. convert
  50. cool
  51. crane
  52. dab
  53. damper
  54. date
  55. dear
  56. decrease
  57. default
  58. degree
  59. deliberate
  60. desert
  61. die
  62. discharge
  63. discount
  64. dismiss
  65. dismount
  66. display
  67. Djibouti
  68. does
  69. doing
  70. dove
  71. down
  72. drain
  73. drawer
  74. dub
  75. duck
  76. duplicate
  77. effect
  78. elaborate
  79. engage
  80. entrance
  81. even
  82. evening
  83. excuse
  84. exploit
  85. extract
  86. fall
  87. fan
  88. fairly
  89. file
  90. finance
  91. fine
  92. firm
  93. float
  94. flush
  95. fly
  96. float
  97. foot
  98. football field
  99. funny
  100. gas
  101. gay
  102. Georgia
  103. go
  104. gorge
  105. grave
  106. gyro
  107. harbor
  108. hard
  109. hew
  110. hive
  111. hoe
  112. impact
  113. implant
  114. import
  115. impound
  116. incline
  117. inclined
  118. increase
  119. insert
  120. insult
  121. intercept
  122. interchange
  123. intestine
  124. intimate
  125. into
  126. intrigue
  127. invalid
  128. invite
  129. jam
  130. just
  131. kind
  132. land
  133. lead
  134. learned
  135. leave
  136. leaves
  137. Lebanon
  138. left
  139. letter
  140. lie
  141. light
  142. lighter
  143. lit
  144. live
  145. lose
  146. lumber
  147. Luxembourg
  148. manifest
  149. mark
  150. mass
  151. match
  152. may
  153. mean
  154. median
  155. mind
  156. mint
  157. minute
  158. mode
  159. model
  160. moped
  161. mortar
  162. mouse
  163. murder
  164. nail
  165. notice
  166. novel
  167. number
  168. nut
  169. obituary
  170. object
  171. objective
  172. obtuse
  173. odd
  174. offense
  175. one
  176. ought
  177. overcount
  178. overlay
  179. overlook
  180. palm
  181. park
  182. patient
  183. pen
  184. pencil
  185. perfect
  186. perfume
  187. permit
  188. pervert
  189. pitch
  190. pin
  191. plain
  192. plaster
  193. play
  194. polish
  195. pop
  196. portmanteau
  197. possess
  198. pound
  199. predate
  200. present
  201. pretty
  202. proceeds
  203. progress
  204. project
  205. protest
  206. purpose
  207. putting
  208. quail
  209. quarry
  210. quarter
  211. racket
  212. read
  213. rebel
  214. recall
  215. recap
  216. recess
  217. record
  218. redress
  219. refund
  220. refuse
  221. regress
  222. reject
  223. relapse
  224. remake
  225. research
  226. resent
  227. reservation
  228. resume
  229. retake
  230. retard
  231. retract
  232. revolt
  233. right
  234. ring
  235. rock
  236. roll
  237. rose
  238. round
  239. row
  240. ruler
  241. San Marino
  242. saw
  243. scale
  244. scared
  245. school
  246. seal
  247. second
  248. sewer
  249. sheer
  250. short
  251. shorts
  252. show
  253. shower
  254. sign
  255. sink
  256. skied
  257. sow
  258. spirit
  259. spoke
  260. spring
  261. stone
  262. story
  263. straight
  264. subject
  265. survey
  266. suspect
  267. tear
  268. theory
  269. they
  270. tie
  271. toll
  272. too
  273. top
  274. train
  275. transfer
  276. transform
  277. transplant
  278. transport
  279. transpose
  280. type
  281. undercount
  282. update
  283. uplift
  284. upset
  285. venery
  286. virus
  287. Washington
  288. watch
  289. wave
  290. widget
  291. wind
  292. window
  293. wound
  294. yard
  295. you

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