Recent Examples on the WebIn one of the more extreme polysemous developments, a word can take on an opposite meaning, as dust (v.) can mean to clean up small particles (dust the furniture) or to apply small particles (dust the Bundt cake with powdered sugar).
John E. Mcintyre, baltimoresun.com, 3 July 2017
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