100 Examples of Homophones with Sentences

Often, a word can have multiple meanings despite having the same sound or spelling. If someone does not have proper knowledge of such words, understanding English can be a difficult task.

Words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings are called homophones.

Homo (same) + Phone (sound) = Homophone (same sound)

In this post, you will find the top 100 examples of Homophones with sentences.

100 Examples of Homophones with Sentences

100 Examples of Homophones with Sentences


1. Abate (become less strong): The ship waited in the harbour until the storm abated. Abet (to help someone to do something wrong): He was arrested for abetting the murder.

2. Accept (to agree or receive something): Accept the proposal. Except (not included): He answered all the questions except the last one.

3. Accede (consent): I cannot accede to your request. Exceed (surpass): The cost will not exceed Rs. 100.

4. Access (entrance): Students need easy access to books. Excess (more than sufficient): Excess of anything is not good at all.

5. Adapt (to fit one thing to another): Try to adapt to the new post/situation. Adopt (ergot pat; take up): She adopted my suggestions. Adept (skilful): He is adept in tinting.

6. Addition: Some additions have been made to the book. Edition: The latest edition of the book has come out.

7. Advice (counsel): You should follow the advice of your parents. Advise: The doctor advised him to take rest.

8. Affect (to act upon): Over-exercise has affected his health. Effect (result): The advertising campaign didn’t have much effect on sales.

9. Affection (feeling of love): Every mother has affection for her child. Affectation (pretence): He has an affectation to be a

10. Bail (security): The accused was released on bail. Bale (bundle): Bales of cotton are being unloaded from the truck. Bell: With the ringing of the bell the students enter the classroom.

11. Beneficial: (useful): Morning walk is beneficial to health, Beneficent (lit; doing good) The beneficent king established a school for the downtrodden people.

12. Biannual (twice every year): It is a biannual magazine. Biennial (once every two years): The city’s biennial food festival begins next week.

13. Bare (not covered by anything). He came here bare-footed. Bear (tolerate; endure): (i) I cannot bear such insult. (ii) The bear is a ferocious animal.

14. Bard (poet): Shakespeare is called ‘the Bard of Avon’. Bird: Eagle is a bird of prey. Beard: Sunil no longer wears a beard.

15. Born: He was born into a noble family. Borne (carried) Cholera is a water-borne disease.

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16. Bathe (fast): He is bathing in the river. Bath: Have a bath in the bathroom.

17. Beside: I was sitting beside her. Besides: He knows two other languages besides Bengali.

18. Cast: Please cast your vote in favour of me. Caste: The caste system in India should be eradicated.

19. Carve: The sculptor carved the image out of stone. Curve: I saw the car at the curve of the road.

20. Casual (occasional): (i) Don’t be casual in your studies. (ii) Casual labour has been engaged to finish the work. Causal: There is no causal connection between the two incidents.

21. Cede: In 1871 France ceded Alsace Lorraine to Germany. Seed: Sow the seeds in moist compost.

22. Cease (to stop): They have ceased trading in that part of the world. Seize: All the goods/contraband have been seized. Seige (act): The city was under siege for 30 days.

21. Cent: A cent is a small American coin. Sent: They sent a letter to the editor of the newspaper. Scent: The scent of the perfume is very pleasing

22. Censor: The film was censored in India. Censure (reprove): He was censured for neglecting his duties.

23. Cell: (i) Plant cells produce by dividing. (ii) The convict has been kept in a cell. Sell (dispose of): I shall not sell my car.

24. Ceremonious: He gave us a ceremonious welcome. Ceremonial: Christmas is a ceremonial occasion.

25. Defer (postpone): The matter has been deferred until the next meeting. Differ (ope you): I differ from you on this point.

26. Deference (respect): You should treat your teachers with deference. Difference: There is a difference of views on this matter.

27. Dependant: Take care of your dependants. Dependent: He is dependent on his father. Defendant: The lawyer argued for the defendant.

28. Defy: Don’t defy my authority. Deify: They almost deified their mentor.

29. Desert: (i) Sahara is the largest desert in the world. ii) He deserted his own party and formed a new party. Dessert: The party was served with apples and sweets as dessert.

30. Depositary: He is the depositary of my legal documents. Depository: Bihar is a rich depository of coal.

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31. Dairy: Anand is the largest cooperative dairy in India. Diary: He recorded all the day’s events in his diary.

32. Earthy: (1) He has an earthy sense of humour. (ii) The ore is very earthy. Earthly: I do not care for earthly possessions.

33. Emigrant: He is an emigrant from India to the U.S.A. Immigrant: The U.S. government has granted citizenship to many immigrants.

34. Eminent: He was an eminent doctor. Imminent: A general election is now imminent.

35. Emerge: The sun emerged from behind the clouds. Immerse: Immerse the cloth in the dye.

36. Eruption: Volcanic eruption ruined the city. Irruption: Give a short account of the Mughal irruption during the Pathan rule.

37. Ensure (to make certain): We need to change the law to ensure fair treatment for all people. Insure: My house is insured against fire.

38. Elicit: The police elicited the truth after prolonged questioning. Illicit: He was involved in illicit trade in liquor.

39. Egoist: He is by nature an egoist and does not have any feelings for others. Egotist: I don’t like egotist people.

40. Extant: Some specimens of ancient Buddhist scriptures are still extant. Extent: I was surprised at the extent of his knowledge. Extinct: Several species of animals are extinct today.

41. Exceptional: The boy has exceptional qualities. Exceptionable: He apologised for his exceptionable conduct.

42. Elementary: He has not even an elementary knowledge of the subject. Elemental: The science cannot control the elemental fury.

43. Economic: The country’s economic policy is now determined by the ups and downs in the global market. Economical: A small car is more economical than a large one.

44. Expand: Iron expands when it is heated. Expend: You should not expend beyond your limit.

45. Fair: (i) She has a fair complexion. (ii) I bought this at the industrial trade fair. Fare: (i) What is the bus fare to Durgapur from Kolkata? (ii) He has fared well in the examination.

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46. Farther: Durgapur is farther from Kolkata than Burdwan. Further: Police made further enquiries into the crime.

47. Flour: Bread is made of flour. Floor: He threw the book onto the floor.

48. Firm: He is firm (way) in his decision. Farm: They have a poultry farm of their own.

49. Fir: Firs are common in the lower Himalayas. Fur: A lamb’s body is covered with soft fur.

50. Familiar: Your face seems familiar to me. Familial: I do not like to meddle in your familial affairs.

51. Feel: We should feel for the handicapped. Fill: Fill the bucket with water.

52. Feast: We had a feast yesterday. Fist: She shook her fist angrily.

53. Moral: There is a moral in this story. Morale: The morale of the army was broken

54. Oar: The boat has two oars. Ore: Jharkhand abounds in iron ore.

55. Ordinance: The Governor issued a new ordinance. Ordnance: He works in the ordnance factory.

56. Observance: Observance of rules is necessary for discipline. Observation: He is under medical observation.

57. Knight: In medieval England, the Knights were very powerful. Night: Nights are longer in winter.

58. No: There is no reason for you to worry. Know: Do you know where she lives?

59. Need: He is in need of some help. Knead: He was kneading the flour into a dough.

60. Naughty: The boys are very naughty. Knotty: We are facing a knotty problem

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61. Parson: The Parish has a kind, Parson. Person: He is an honest person

62. Patrol: The police are patrolling the streets. Petrol: I have no petrol for my car.

63. Persecute: The Jews were persecuted by the Nazis. Prosecute: He was prosecuted for stealing.

64. Pray: I will pray to God for your safety. Prey: The eagle is a bird of prey.

65. Promise: On the eve of the election many promises are given by the candidates. Premise: The law is based on e premise that people are innocent until they are proven to be guilty.

66. Peace: The old man died in peace. Piece: (i) The glass broke into pieces. (1) Give me a piece of paper.

67. Roll: Your name will be struck off the rolls. Role: He played an important role in organising the cricket tournament.

68. Riot: The army was called in to put down a riot. Ryot: The ryots of Bengal are poor.

69. Rout: The invading army was soon routed. Route: I went by bus route.

70. Register: The car is registered in my name. Registrar: He has applied for the post of registrar.

71. Reverend: The Reverend James Long translated ‘Nil Dorpan’ into English. Reverent: Be reverent in your attitude towards your elders.

72. Sanatory: Sanatory rules should be strictly observed in the hospital. Sanitary: Sanitary inspectors will be visiting all local restaurants.

73. Seize: The thief was seized by the police. Siege: They laid siege to the city.

74. Septic: Take care of this wound, otherwise it may turn septic. Sceptic: I am rather a sceptic of his claim that he is a graduate.

75. Sanguine: We are not very sanguine about our chances of success. Sanguinary: It was a sanguinary battle.

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76. Site: This is the site for a new business centre. Cite: The minister supported his argument by citing the latest crime figures. Sight: She always faints at the sight of blood.

77. Soldier: He is a brave soldier. Shoulder: Put my jacket around your shoulders.

78. Sole: (i) The sole survivor of the crash was a baby. (ii) Get the sole of the shoes changed. Soul: Let his soul rest in peace.

79. Sore: He got a throat sore. Soar: (i) The temperature soared to 35°C. (ii) The eagle soars high in the sky. Shore: We were walking along the shore.

80. Some: There must be some reason for it. Sum: I have spent a large sum of money on repairing the house.

81. Sail: (i) A flock of birds sailed across the sky. (ii) He has sailed for Port Blair. Sale: This house is for sale. Sell: He sold his new car and bought an old one.

82. Steal: He used to steal money from his father’s drawer. Steel: There is a steel plant in Bokaro. Still: (i) Do you still live in Delhi? (ii) Mosquitoes breed in still water.

83. Sculptor: He is a famous sculptor. Sculpture: There are some interesting sculptures in the museum.

84. Stair: I have difficulty climbing the stairs. Stare: She stared at him in horror.

85. Urban: In India rural population exceeds the urban population. Urbane: His urbane manners pleased us all.

86. Vain: (i) We tried in vain to make him change his mind. (ii) She poses to be vain in dealing with others. Vein: (i) He spoke many things in a lighter vein. (ii) Veins return blood from the lungs to the heart. Vane: (i) The vanes of the propeller got entangled in the weeds. (ii) He reached the vane of the temple.

87. Venal: Venal politicians often bring shame to our political system. Venial: You need not mind his venial slips of the tongue.

88. Voluntary: He does voluntary work with old people. Volunteer: (i) This work costs us nothing, it is all done by volunteers. (ii) He volunteered to help me more.

89. Variance: Your deeds are at variance with your words. Variation: There are great variations in house prices in different parts of the country.

90. Ways: Just are the ways of God. Wage: The workers are paid their wages. Weighs: The packet weighs 5 kilos.

91. Waste: Do not waste precious time. Waist: It is a nice skirt, but too big around the waist. West: The sun sets in the west.

92. Wail: She wailed with grief. Well: There is no water in the well.

93. Wave: The waves of the sea rolled on the shore. Waive: Some taxes were waived in favour of the company.

94. Warm: They gave us a warm welcome. Worm: The worm has eaten two books.

95. Word: Try to keep your word. Ward (Rost): The maternity ward of the hospital is very dirty.

96. Weak: He is too weak to walk. Week: There are seven days in a week. Wick: Please trim the wick of the lamp.

97. Wait: I waited for them at the station for two hours. Weight: He has put on a lot of weight recently.

98. Whole: I spent the whole day in bed. Hole: They have dug a hole in the road.

99. Weather: The weather is fine. Whether: He asked me whether I enjoyed my work or not.

100. Wheat: Wheat is one of the major cereals of India. Whet: (i) This knife needs whetting. (ii) The experience had whetted my appetite for adventure.

101. Wonder: I wonder at his rudeness. Wander: Tourists wandered idly through the city.

102. Yoke : (i) A yoke joins two things together. (ii) India was freed from the yoke of foreign rule in 1947. Yolk: The yellow part of an egg is its yolk.

103. Yawn: A yawn comes before sleep. Yon: The yon house belongs to a rich man.

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