Homonyms

Two or more words having the same spelling or pronunciation but different meanings are termed as homonyms. The word ‘band’ has two different meanings. A rock band or A rubber band. Look at the following sentence for understanding the difference in their meanings. “Every member of the rock band wore a silken band on their heads.”

The word ‘desert’ when used as a verb, refers to the meaning, ‘to abandon a person, cause, or organization in a way considered disloyal or treacherous’, but when it is used as a noun it indicates a region so arid (due to little rainfall) that it supports only sparse and widely spaced vegetation or no vegetation at all. The difference in their meanings can be identified from the following sentences.

a) The doctor’s son was deserted (used as a verb) due to the incident and had to leave the country.

b) Cathy painted the scene of a desert (used as a noun) basking in the sunset and won the first prize in the painting competition.

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