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Hi everybody,
Is there any word who has individually two different meanings. I may explicate through an example. A word "xyz" has two meanings which are synonym and antonym with each other. I read a word few days before. I forget that word but that word has two meanings SEPARATED AND INSEPARATED. So, can anyone tell me some english words which have meanings which are synonym and antonym with each other.
Thank you so much.
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I found that word which is "Cleave". Cleave means to separated or inseparate. But i need some more words.

If anyone knows such words then plz paste here. Thanks
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Marius HancuYou may want to buy the Merriam Webster Dictionary of Synonyms.
Talking of dictionaries, is Cambridge's advanced learner's dictionary a good dictionary?
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Marius HancuYou may want to buy the Merriam Webster Dictionary of Synonyms.
Talking of dictionaries, is Cambridge's advanced learner's dictionary a good dictionary?
It depends on your taste.

At home, I have the Cobuild advanced learner's dictionary and I think it's quite good. On the Web, I am using the online Cambridge, especially for the British issues (it's free and well organized into sections, including idioms and phrasal verbs.). It indicates the C/U (Countable/Uncountable) with nouns and it has good examples.



However, for most of the detailed definitions, esp AmE, I am using
http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/
It's not as expensive as the OED, but very good.
I've heard them called "Janus" words, for the Roman god who faced two ways. Here a link to some... and here's another .

Cleave is certainly the most famous. Trim is another.
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Interesting links, GGEmotion: smile
Yes, interesting indeed!

Do you think that exploit& exploitation cold be considered 'Janus' words?

Sometimes I read that somebody is 'exploiting a resource,' but without any negative connotation (the meaning would be '
to develop or use sth for business or industry,' or ' to use sth well in order to gain as much from it as possible,' OALD), and sometimes it's disapproving (to use something in order to make profit regardless of any other consideration).

I'm often confused by these two words! Emotion: thinking
Hi Tanit,

I think that "exploit" and "exploiting" both have negative connotations. Both involve using something for your own good at the expense of another. I think "leverage" is a jargon word that means "exploit" without the negativity. "Utilize" is a little less jargon-y. "Take advantage of" is perhaps one that can have non-negative sense as well as a negative sense, but they are not opposite in meaning.
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