DOES A WORD ALWAYS MEAN THE SAME?

DOES A WORD ALWAYS MEAN THE SAME?
“Words in context” weighs heavy on the SAT test – both in the reading and in the writing sections.

If you just know one/primary meaning of a word, you may not be able to make the best use of it. If you said that you wanted to acquire knowledge about the SAT so that you score well, secure an admission into an ivy-league college and then a job in the top companies paying you enough to acquire the property you have always dreamt of living in and have a secure life, ooomph .. You’d be using the same words “acquire” and “secure” in different places in the sentence meaning differently.

Let’s have a look. The word “acquire” used along with knowledge might mean “gain” knowledge.
However, the same word along with the property means buy/purchase property. Also, the word “secure” along with an admission means “obtain” an admission however, the same word along with life, means “stable” life.

Now you know, you must have been using the same word at different times to mean differently. How does one know what you actually meant when you used a word? The answer is simple – the context!

The situation in which you are, the meaning you want to convey, the position of the word in the sentence (sometimes) decide one amongst the several possible meanings words have. While the meanings of words are generally classified into primary and secondary, there is practically no clarity as to which meaning is primary and which is secondary. However, it’s easier to understand the meaning of a word based on its “context”.

Though “context” is there to help people out, the meaning of a word also depends on how the audience interprets it. The next time you communicate, be selective about the words. Pick the ones that convey the meaning most appropriately before you are misunderstood!

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