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Polysemy quiz



almaz
United Kingdom

Polysemy quiz
 
I occasionally use multiple meaning exercises for more advanced students, not only to encourage and develop dictionary skills but also to show how English isn´t static and that our language thrives on ambiguity.

So, what single word do all these concepts have in common? 

1. consulting; 2. ensuring; 3. experiencing; 4. finding out; 5. dating; 6. understanding; 7. visiting; 8. judging; 9.sending away; 10. escorting?
 
The list is not exhaustive – the more obvious concepts which might give the game away are missing.  And if you´re tempted just to google the answer (I got this from one of my favourite language sites), keep it to yourself.

2 Sep 2015      



douglas
United States

explore?
 

2 Sep 2015     



almaz
United Kingdom

That ´s pretty damn good, Douglas. I can see where you ´re coming from and how that would work with some of them – but not all. How would you use explore, for example, in a sentence to have the same meaning as ensuring? Sending away? Exploring may happen but can ´t be used in the same sense of each concept (including dating...).

2 Sep 2015     



cunliffe
United Kingdom

Communicating?... As long as it ´s exploring in the sense of finding out about a person. 

2 Sep 2015     



FrauSue
France

"check" works for most of them ...

2 Oct 2015     



almaz
United Kingdom

Seriously?

I mean, see–riously?

2 Oct 2015