lase, lays, leas, leis, leys, laze

The words lase, lays, leas, leis, leys, laze sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do lase, lays, leas, leis, leys, laze sound the same even though they are completely different words?

The answer is simple: lase, lays, leas, leis, leys, laze are homophones of the English language.

lase
  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To function as a laser; emit coherent radiation by the action of a laser.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To subject to laser light: lased the tissue during surgery.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To direct a laser used to guide munitions at (a target).

lays
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of lay.

  2. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of lay.

laze
  1. :: verb-intransitive

    To be lazy; loaf: laze around the house.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To spend (time) loafing: lazed the afternoon away in a hammock.

leas
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of lea.

leis
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of lei.

leys
  1. :: noun

    Plural form of ley.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").