deem, deme

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

The answer is simple: deem, deme are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: verb-transitive

    To have as an opinion; judge: deemed it was time for a change.

  2. :: verb-transitive

    To regard as; consider: deemed the results unsatisfactory. See Usage Note at as1.

  3. :: verb-intransitive

    To have an opinion; think. See Synonyms at consider.

  1. :: noun

    One of the townships of ancient Attica.

  2. :: noun

    Ecology A local, usually stable population of interbreeding organisms of the same kind or species.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition 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").