leave, lieve

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

The answer is simple: leave, lieve are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To go out of or away from: not allowed to leave the room.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To go without taking or removing: left my book on the bus.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To omit or exclude: left out the funniest part of the story.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To have as a result, consequence, or remainder: The car left a trail of exhaust fumes. Two from eight leaves six.

  1. :: adjective

    Same as lief.

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