The words cites, sights, sites sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do cites, sights, sites sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: cites, sights, sites are homophones of the English language.
Plural form of cite. citations
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of cite.
Plural form of sight.
the things worth seeing in a particular place
the devices through which one looks in order to aim a rifle or similar weapon
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of sight.
Plural form of site.
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.