billed, build

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

The answer is simple: billed, build are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb

    Simple past tense and past participle of bill.

  2. :: adjective

    Having a specified kind of bill (beak or beak-like projection).

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To form by combining materials or parts; construct.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To order, finance, or supervise the construction of: The administration built several new housing projects.

  3. :: verb-transitive

    To develop or give form to according to a plan or process; create: build a nation; built a successful business out of their corner grocery store.

  4. :: verb-transitive

    To increase or strengthen by adding gradually to: money building interest in a savings account; build support for a political candidate.

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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").