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Examples for double meaning in Hebrew


  1. אור (Or): This word means both "light" and "skin." In different contexts, it can be used to refer to physical light or to the skin on the body.

  2. בנק (Bank): In Hebrew, "bank" refers to a financial institution, but it's also a slang term for "confidence" or "trust." For example, if someone says, "אין לי בנק איתך" ("Ein li bank itach"), it translates to "I don't trust you."

  3. ליטוף (Litof): This word can mean both "to caress" or "to wipe." The context will determine which meaning is intended.

  4. שלום (Shalom): A well-known example, "shalom" means "peace," but it's also used as a common greeting for both "hello" and "goodbye."

  5. עץ (Etz): This word means both "tree" and "wood." Context usually makes the meaning clear, but it's an example of a word that carries more than one related meaning.

  6. יד (Yad): It can mean both "hand" and "memorial" or "monument." The word is used in various compound words to signify these different meanings.

  7. איש (Ish) and אשה (Isha): These words mean "man" and "woman," respectively. However, they can also mean "husband" and "wife," depending on context.

  8. משקה (Mashkeh): This can mean both "a drink" and "to irrigate." It's a word that reflects both the action and the object involved in the action.

  9. ראש (Rosh): This word means "head," but it's also used to mean "chief" or "leader," such as in "ראש המדינה" (Rosh HaMedina), meaning "head of state."

  10. חלון (Chalon): In modern Hebrew, it means "window," but in computing, it also means "a computer window."

These examples illustrate the rich, multifaceted nature of Hebrew, where words can carry different meanings based on context, culture, or even technological advancement. It's an aspect of the language that can add depth to literature and conversation but might also pose challenges for those learning Hebrew.

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