overseas, oversees

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

The answer is simple: overseas, oversees are homophones of the English language.

  1. :: adverb

    Beyond the sea; abroad.

  2. :: adjective

    Of, relating to, originating in, or situated in countries across the sea.

  1. :: verb

    Third-person singular simple present indicative form of oversee.

Definitions from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition, from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License 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").