concenter, consenter

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

The answer is simple: concenter, consenter are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To direct toward or come together at a common center.

  1. :: noun

    one who consents

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License and Wordnik.

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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").