lade, layed, laid

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

The answer is simple: lade, layed, laid are homophones of the English language.

lade
  1. :: verb-transitive

    To load with or as if with cargo.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To place (something) as a load for or as if for shipment.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To burden or oppress; weigh down.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To take up or remove (water) with a ladle or dipper.

laid
  1. :: verb

    Past tense and past participle of lay1.

layed
  1. :: verb

    Past tense and past participle of lay1.

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").