allowed, aloud

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

The answer is simple: allowed, aloud are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of allow.

  1. :: adverb

    With use of the voice; orally: Read this passage aloud.

  2. :: adverb

    In a loud tone; loudly: crying aloud for help.

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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").