10 common English words that are opposite to themselves

Have you ever asked yourself why we dust furniture actually to eliminate dust? Sometimes it simply makes no sense. Therefore, we’ve collected 10 English words confusing everyone with their double meaning that can be opposite to each other.

  • Dust (verb)
  • 1) to sprinkle speckles of powder over something.
    2) to brush away dust from the surfaces.

    Examples: We dusted this cupcake with some icing sugar.
    Let me dust the furniture first and then I’ll mop the floor.

  • Seed (verb/noun)
  • 1) to get rid of seeds from some fruits and vegetables.
    2) to plant seeds in order to grow fruits and vegetables.

    Examples: I prefer to seed a watermelon.
    I am planning to buy some watermelon seeds to plant.

  • Consult (verb)
  • 1) to seek advice.
    2) to give advice.

    Examples: She needs to consult her doctor first.
    My teacher consults me on which exams I should take to enter the best university.

  • Finished (adjective)
  • 1) to be completed.
    2) to be destroyed, worn out.

    Example: I can’t believe this presentation is finally finished.
    I am finished. It was a long day.

  • Overlook (verb)
  • 1) to fail to notice.
    2) to monitor somebody or something.

    Examples: He overlooked the road sign, and they got lost.
    She always overlooks her employees during production work.

  • Left (verb/adj.)
  • 1) when something has remained.
    2) to be gone, to abandon something (leave — left — left).

    Examples: Is there any cake left?
    Sandra isn’t here. She has just left.

  • Off (adj.)
  • 1) to enable functions.
    2) to disable functions.

    Examples: The alarm went off at 7 am.
    Can you turn off the radio, please?

  • Bound (adj.)
  • 1) to be bound for = to move towards one’s goal.
    2) to be bound by = to be limited by something.

    Examples: We are bound for getting this company as our new regular customer.
    We are bound by the state rules.

  • Trim (verb)
  • 1) to remove / cut off branches from a tree.
    2) to decorate a Christmas tree.

    Examples: He trimmed the trees in our garden, and now it looks neat and pretty.
    We’re about to trim our Christmas

  • Custom (noun)
  • 1) a common tradition shared by many people.
    2) a unique item upon someone’s request.

    Examples: What customs do people have here?
    We found a tailor shop where you can get a custom-made dress.

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