gros, grow

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

The answer is simple: gros, grow are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: noun

    A heavy silk with a dull finish

  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To increase in size by a natural process.

  2. :: verb-intransitive

    To expand; gain: The business grew under new owners.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To increase in amount or degree; intensify: The suspense grew.

  4. :: verb-intransitive

    To develop and reach maturity.

Definitions from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English, from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition 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").