The words kneads, needs sound the same but have different meanings and spellings. Why do kneads, needs sound the same even though they are completely different words?
The answer is simple: kneads, needs are homophones of the English language.
Third-person singular simple present indicative form of knead.
Of necessity; necessarily: We must needs go.
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Homophones (literally "same sound") are usually defined as words that share the same pronunciation, regardless of how they are spelled.