tracked, tract

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

The answer is simple: tracked, tract are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of track.

  1. :: noun

    An expanse of land or water.

  2. :: noun

    A specified or limited area of land: developing a 30-acre tract.

  3. :: noun

    Anatomy A system of organs and tissues that together perform a specialized function: the alimentary tract.

  4. :: noun

    Anatomy A bundle of nerve fibers having a common origin, termination, and function.

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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").