lose, loos

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

The answer is simple: lose, loos are homophones of the English language.

loos
  1. :: noun

    Praise, fame, reputation.

  2. :: noun

    Plural form of loo.

lose
  1. :: verb-transitive

    To be unsuccessful in retaining possession of; mislay: He's always losing his car keys.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To be deprived of (something one has had): lost her art collection in the fire; lost her job.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To be left alone or desolate because of the death of: lost his wife.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To be unable to keep alive: a doctor who has lost very few patients.

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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").