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Old 12-11-2011, 02:57 PM
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Originally Posted by JBDivmstr View Post're attributing more than what the OP asked for, which was "three or more completely unrelated meanings", .
How on earth is it possible to determine "completely unrelated"? Drawing the line is going to be largely subjective and arbitrary. I think the only way to do that is to base it on different etymologies, which will eliminate just about everything mentioned above.

Otherwise, of course the words that have the most listings for different meanings are going to be ones like set, get, put, etc.--that is, the oldest worlds in the language.

As for the other question in the OP, if you just want words with three or more definitions, all you have to do is open a dictionary. Probably 60% of the entries will have at least three "different" meanings.