chased, chaste

The words chased, chaste sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do chased, chaste sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: chased, chaste are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of chase.

  1. :: adjective

    Morally pure in thought or conduct; decent and modest.

  2. :: adjective

    Not having experienced sexual intercourse; virginal.

  3. :: adjective

    Abstaining from unlawful sexual intercourse.

  4. :: adjective

    Abstaining from all sexual intercourse; celibate.

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About Homophones

Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.

If they are spelled the same then they are also homographs (and homonyms); if they are spelled differently then they are also heterographs (literally "different writing").