The words needed, kneaded sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do needed, kneaded sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: needed, kneaded are homophones of the English language.
Simple past tense and past participle of knead.
Simple past tense and past participle of need.
Necessary; being needed.
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.