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Word Relationships

Synonyms, Homonyms, and Antonyms

Synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms define relationships between words.

Synonyms are words that have the same or similar meanings like disturbed/deranged, rude/impolite, and charming/delightful.

Homonyms are words that are spelled and sound alike but have different meanings. For example, can is a noun that names a metal container used to preserve things such as food and beverages. Can is also a verb that means "to have the ability to do something."

Antonyms are words that have opposite meanings like rich/poor, free/imprisoned, and stupid/intelligent.


Encarta Dictionary, s.v. "Can."

Encarta Dictionary, s.v. "Synonym."

Encarta Dictionary, s.v. "Antonym."

Merriam Webster, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homonym, s.v. "Homonym."

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