conker, conquer

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

The answer is simple: conker, conquer are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A horse-chestnut used in the game of conkers.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To defeat or subdue by force, especially by force of arms.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To gain or secure control of by or as if by force of arms: scientists battling to conquer disease; a singer who conquered the operatic world.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To overcome or surmount by physical, mental, or moral force: I finally conquered my fear of heights. See Synonyms at defeat.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To be victorious; win.

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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").