wrested, rested

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

The answer is simple: wrested, rested are homophones of the English language.

rested
  1. :: adjective

    not tired; refreshed as by sleeping or relaxing

  2. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of <xref>rest</xref>.

  3. :: adjective

    recovered

wrested
  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of <xref>wrest</xref>.

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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").