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Explore popular questions from Homonyms for IBPS. This collection covers Homonyms previous year IBPS questions hand picked by experienced teachers.

Q 1.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
INTERRUPT
(1) Disrupt (2) Break up
(3) Examination (4) Progress

A

Only (4)

B

Both (2) and (4)

Both (1) and (2)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (1) and (2) i.e. Disrupt and Break up are equivalent words to interrupt whereas Examination and Progress have the different meaning.

Q 2.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
EXAGGERATE
(1) Boast (2) Brag
(3) Overdo (4) Overstate

A

Only (3)

B

Both (1) and (4)

C

Only (1), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

All (1), (2), (3) and (4) options are more or less same in the meaning.

Q 3.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. He is wrapt up in pleasurable contemplation.
II. I listened to her song with rapt attention.

A

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

[Wrapt = lost in something, Rapt = enraptured]

Q 4.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
OBLIGATION
(1) Indebtedness (2) Demand
(3) Responsibility (4) Duty

A

Only (3)

B

Both (1) and (4)

Only (1), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (1), (3) and (4), all these three options are synonyms to the key word obligation whereas demand has the different meaning.

Q 5.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
COMPATIBLE
(1) Similar (2) standardised
(3) Simpatico (4) interchangeable

Only (3)

B

Both (1) and (2)

C

Only (1), (2) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (3)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (3); Simpatico means easy to like; agreeable and is synonyms to the key word compatible. On the other hand, other options have different meaning and do not match with the key word.

Q 6.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
NAIVE
(1) Sophisticated (2) primitive
(3) Uninitiated (4) uninstructed

A

Only (4)

B

Both (1) and (3)

All (2), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (3) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

All (2), (3) and (4); primitive, Uninitiated and uninstructed are synonyms to naive which means marked by or showing unaffected simplicity and lack of guile or worldly experience while sophisticated means having or appealing to those having worldly knowledge and refinement and savoir-faire.

Q 7.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
TENDENCY
(1) Disposition (2) inclination
(3) Trend (4) leaning

A

Only (1)

B

Both (1) and (3)

C

Both (2) and (3)

D

Only (1), (3) and (4)

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

All (1), (2), (3) and (4); Disposition, inclination, Trend and leaning are synonyms to the key word tendency.

Q 8.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
DIGNITY
(1) Humility (2) Self-respect
(3) Humbleness (4) Self-regard

A

Only (1)

Both (2) and (4)

C

Only (1), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (2) and (4) i.e. Self-respect and self-regard are synonyms to the key word dignity while other options humility and humbleness do not match with the key word.

Q 9.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. I think this electric metre is faulty.
II. I require two meters of cloth for this purpose.

A

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

[Meter = a measuring apparatus, Metre = unit of length]

Q 10.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. He won the election only because of the support he got from his zealous party workers.
II. Savita's friends were jealous of her success in the prestigious competition.

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

The correct word in II should be 'jealous'.
[Zealous = full of zeal; Jealous = envious]

Q 11.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. Some of the African immigrants indulge in smuggling
In our country.
II. Many emmigrants from India have settled in America.

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

The correct word in II should be 'migrants'.
[Emigrant = one who leaves his country to settle in any other country; Immigrant = one who enters a country to settle there]

Q 12.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
RITUAL
(1) Rite (2) pattern
(3) Use (4) habit

Only (1)

B

Both (1) and (4)

C

Both (2) and (3)

D

Only (1), (3) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (1) Rite means an established ceremony prescribed by a religion; any customary observance or practice whereas all the three options do not conform to the key word ritual.

Q 13.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
TANTALISE
(1) Taunt (2) Spoof
(3) Charade (4) Tease

A

Only (1)

Both (1) and (4)

C

Only (1), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (1) and (4) Taunt and Tease are the same in meaning and synonyms to the key word tantalise while spoof and charade denotes a composition that imitates or misrepresents somebody's style, usually in a humorous way.

Q 14.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
REFLECTION
(1) Observation (2) suspension
(3) Outburst (4) Expression

A

Only (1)

Both (1) and (4)

C

Both (2) and (3)

D

Only (1), (3) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (1) and (4), Observation and Expression are the synonyms to the key word reflection while suspension and outburst differ in meaning.

Q 15.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
OBEDIENCE
(1) Accomplishment (2) Flexibility
(3) Obeisance (4) Respect

A

Only (4)

B

Both (1) and (3)

Both (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (3) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (3) and (4) Obeisance means the act of obeying; dutiful or submissive behaviour with respect to another person and respect denotes an attitude of admiration or esteem. Other options Accomplishment and Flexibility differ in meaning.

Q 16.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
OBSOLETE
(1) Disused (2) redundant
(3) Superfluous (4) surplus

Only (1)

B

Both (1) and (4)

C

Only (1), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (1) disused is synonyms to obsolete. Other options redundant, Superfluous and surplus have the different meaning.

Q 17.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either misspell or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicized words
I. The tragic tale narrated by the old man effected all the children.
II. The humane attitude of the new manager affected a profound change in labor relations.

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

The correct word in II should be 'effected'.
[effect = result, affect = to influence]

Q 18.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
NOURISHING
(1) Tiring (2) toiling
(3) Tasty (4) nutritious

Only (4)

B

Both (2) and (4)

C

Both (1) and (3)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (4) Nutritious means of or providing nourishment. On the other hand, Tiring, toiling and Tasty do not correspond to the key word.

Q 19.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
PROSPECTIVE
(1) Future (2) likely
(3) Retrospective (4) potential

A

Only (1)

B

Both (2) and (4)

Only (1), (2) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (3)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (1), (2) and (4), all these three option Future, likely and potential are synonyms to the key word prospective whereas retrospective is just opposite.

Q 20.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
ALTER
(1) Fix (2) Change
(3) Gender (4) Modify

A

Only (1)

Both (2) and (4)

C

Only (2), (3) and (4)

D

Only (1), (2) and (3)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Both (2) and (4), here Alter signifies make different; cause a transformation and change denotes more or less the same. So does modify. On the contrary fix means restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken while gender means the properties that distinguish organisms on the basis of their reproductive roles.

Q 21.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. You should talk to your boss in a reverent manner.
II. Our reverend Principal is coming.

A

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

The correct word in I is 'reverent' and that in II is 'reverend'.
[Reverent = respectful; Reverend = respectable]

Q 22.

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Below is given a single word with options to its meaning in different contexts. You have to select all those options which are synonyms of the word when the context is changed
DEFICIENCY
(1) Insufficiency (2) totally
(3) Wholly (4) entirely

Only (1)

B

Both (2) and (4)

C

Both (1) and (3)

D

Only (1), (2) and (4)

E

All (1), (2), (3) and (4)

Explanation

Only (1), Insufficiency is the synonyms to the key word deficiency. All three options do not match with the key word.

Q 23.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. He was being laughed at for his antic gesture.
II. Antique articles are priced much these days.

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

D

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

The correct word in II should be 'Antique'.
[Antic = odd, Antique = old]

Q 24.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either mis-spelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words
I. His manners are urban.
II. People of urbane area are civil in manners.

A

Sentence I is correct

B

Sentence II is correct

C

Both the sentences I and II are correct

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

E

Neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words

Explanation

[Urbane = courteous; Urban = pertaining to city]

Q 25.

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In the question below are given two sentences numbered I and II. In these sentences, two homonyms are given in italics type, which may be either misspelt or inappropriate in the context of the sentences. Read both the sentences carefully and decide on their correctness on the basis of the italicised words. Give answer.
I. An ordnance declaring President's rule in the state has been issued today.
II. The ordinance depot is situated far away from this city.

A

only sentence I is correct;

B

only sentence II is correct

C

both the sentences I and II are correct;

I as well as II are incorrect, but both could be made correct by interchanging the italicised words;

E

neither I nor II is correct and the sentence could not be made correct by interchanging the italicised words.

Explanation

[Ordinance = enactment;
Ordnance = military stores]