hear, here

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

The answer is simple: hear, here are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To perceive (sound) by the ear: Can you hear the signal?

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To learn by hearing; be told by others: I heard she got married.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To listen to attentively: Hear what I have to tell you.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To listen to in an official, professional, or formal capacity: heard the last witness in the afternoon.

  1. :: adverb

    At or in this place: Stop here for a rest.

  2. :: adverb

    At this time; now: We'll adjourn the meeting here and discuss remaining issues after lunch.

  3. :: adverb

    At or on this point, detail, or item: Here I must disagree.

  4. :: adverb

    In the present life or condition.

Definitions 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").