rapt, rapped, wrapped

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

The answer is simple: rapt, rapped, wrapped are homophones of the English language.

rapped
  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of rap.

rapt
  1. :: verb

    Past participle of rap2.

  2. :: adjective

    Deeply moved or delighted; enraptured: listened to the speaker with rapt admiration.

  3. :: adjective

    Deeply absorbed; engrossed: was rapt in thought all evening.

wrapped
  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of wrap.

  2. :: adjective

    encased in a wrapping.

  3. :: adjective

    Common misspelling of rapt.

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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").