tighten, titan

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

The answer is simple: tighten, titan are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To make or become tight or tighter.

  1. :: noun

    Something or someone of very large stature, greatness, or godliness.

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").