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rjs
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How many words in the English language have opposite meanings depending on context?
For example , to dust.
That can mean to pick up dust using a vacuum cleaner. e.g. dust the carpet.
Or it can mean apply dust , if you are dusting for fingerprints.

Sanction can mean to punish but can also mean to rescue from punishment.

Can you think of other examples?

Is there a technical term for such a word?
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You can CLEAVE two things togethor or CLEAVE two things apart.

I was never sure if SHELLED peanuts refered to peanuts that were in shells or peanuts that had their shells removed. That probably doesn't count because I think the second meaning is what is actually meant.
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Making a run-attempting to escape (crimminal), attempting to be accepted(world leader seeking office).

Mabye theres a reason for this contranym that escapes us at election time!
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