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Homophones

Homophones are words that sound alike but have different meanings.

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aisle The noun aisle means “a narrow space for walking between rows of seats.”
I'll I'll is a contraction of “I will.”
isle The noun isle means “an island, especially a small one.”
allowed The adjective allowed means “permitted.”
aloud The adverb aloud means “with the voice” or “in a loud tone.”
ate The verb ate is a form of of the verb to eat.
eight The noun eight means “the number, written 8, that is equal to 7 + 1.”
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bare The adjective bare means “naked” or “exposed to view.”
The verb bare means “to uncover or reveal.”
bear The noun bear refers to an animal.
The verb bear means “to hold up” or “to support.”
be The verb be means “to exist.”
bee The noun bee refers to an insect.
beat The verb beat means “to strike repeatedly.”
beet The noun beet refers to a vegetable.
blew The verb blew is the past tense of the verb to blow.
blue The adjective blue refers to a color.
board The noun board means “a flat piece of wood or similarly rigid material.”
bored Bored is a form of the verb to bore.
brake The noun brake means “a device for slowing or stopping motion.”
break The verb break means “to cause to separate into pieces suddenly.”
bye The interjection bye is used to express farewell.
buy The verb buy means “to purchase.”
by The preposition by means “next to” or “close to.”
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capital The noun capital means “a town or city that is the official seat of government.”
capitol The noun capitol means “a building where a state legislature meets.”
The noun Capitol means “the building in Washington, D.C., where the Congress of the United States meets.”
cell The noun cell means “a small room, as in a prison or convent, having little or no furniture.”
The noun cell also means “the basic unit of living matter in all organisms.”
sell The verb sell means “to exchange or deliver for money.”
cent The noun cent means “a penny.”
scent The noun scent means “a distinctive, often agreeable odor.”
sent The verb sent is a form of the verb to send.
cite The verb cite means “to quote as an authority or example.”
sight The noun sight means “the ability to see.”
site The noun site means “the place or setting of something.”
close The verb close means “to shut.”
clothes The noun clothes means “articles of dress” or “wearing apparel” or “garments.”
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days The noun days means “the 24-hour periods from midnight to midnight.”
daze The noun daze means “a stunned or bewildered condition.”
dear The adjective dear means “loved and cherished.”
deer The noun deer refers to an animal.
die The verb die means “to stop living.”
dye The noun dye means “a substance used to color materials.”
doe The noun doe means “a female deer.”
dough The noun dough means “a soft, thick mixture of dry ingredients and liquid that is kneaded, shaped, and baked, especially as bread or pastry.”
dew The noun dew means “water droplets condensed from the air, usually at night, onto cool surfaces.”
do The verb do means “to perform or execute.”
due The adjective due means “payable immediately” or “owed as a debt.”
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ewe The noun ewe means “a female sheep.”
you The pronoun you is used to refer to the one or ones being addressed.
ewes Ewes is the plural form of ewe, which means “a female sheep.”
use The verb use means “to put into service or apply for a purpose; employ.”
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fair The adjective fair means “light in color.”
The adjective fair also means “just“ or “equitable.”
The noun fair means “a gathering held at a specified time and place for the buying and selling of goods.”
fare The verb fare means “to travel“ or “to get along.”
The noun fare means “a transportation charge.”
The noun fare also means “food and drink.”
flew The verb flew is a form of the verb to fly.
flu The noun flu means “influenza.”
flour The noun flour means “a fine, powdery foodstuff obtained by grinding and sifting the meal of a grain.”
flower The noun flower means “a blossom.”
for The preposition for is used to indicate the object, aim, or purpose of an action or activity.
four The noun four means “the number, written 4, that is equal to 3 + 1.”
foul The adjective foul means “revolting.”
fowl The noun fowl means “a bird, such as the duck, goose, turkey, or pheasant, that is used as food or hunted as game.”
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gene The noun gene means “a segment of DNA, located at a particular point on a chromosome, that determines hereditary characteristics.”
jeans The noun jeans means “pants made of denim.”
grate The verb grate means “to reduce to fragments, shreds, or powder by rubbing against an abrasive surface.”
The noun grate means “a framework of parallel or latticed bars for blocking an opening.”
great The adjective great means “very large in size.”
groan The verb groan means “to voice a deep, inarticulate sound, as of pain, grief, or displeasure.”
grown The verb grown is a form of the verb to grow.
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hair The noun hair means “a fine, thin strand that grows from the skin of animals and human beings.”
hare The noun hare refers to an animal similar to a rabbit.
halve The verb halve means “to cut in half.”
have The verb have means “to possess.”
heal The verb heal means “to restore to health or soundness; cure.”
heel The noun heel means “the rounded back part of the human foot.”
he'll He'll is a contraction of he will.
hear The verb hear means “to perceive (sound) by the ear.”
here The adverb here means “at or in this place.”
heard The verb heard is a form of the verb to hear.
herd The noun herd means “a group of cattle or other domestic animals of a single kind kept together for a specific purpose.”
hoarse The adjective hoarse means “rough or grating in sound.”
horse The noun horse refers to an animal.
hole The noun hole means “an opening into or through something.”
whole The adjective whole means “complete.”
are Are is a form of the verb to be.
hour The noun hour means “one of the 24 equal parts of a day.”
our The adjective our is the possessive form of we.
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in The preposition in means “within the limits, bounds, or area of.”
inn The noun inn means “a public lodging house serving food and drink to travelers; a hotel.”
its Its is a possessive pronoun.
it's It's is a contraction of It is.
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knight The noun knight means “a medieval gentleman-soldier.”
night The noun night means “the period between sunset and sunrise, especially the hours of darkness.”
knot The noun knot means “a fastening made by tying together one or more pieces of string, rope, or twine.”
not The adverb not means “in no way; to no degree.”
know The verb know means “to perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty.”
no The adverb no is used to express refusal, denial, disbelief, emphasis, or disagreement.
knows The verb knows is a form of the verb to know.
nose The noun nose means “the part of the human face or the forward part of the head of other vertebrates that contains the nostrils and organs of smell and forms the beginning of the respiratory tract.”
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led The verb led is a form of the verb to lead, which means “to show the way to by going in advance.”
lead The noun lead means “a heavy gray metal that is easy to bend, melt, and shape.”
lightening The verb lightening is a form of the verb to lighten, which means “to make light or lighter.”
lightning The noun lightning means “the flash of light in the sky when electricity passes between clouds or between a cloud and the ground.”
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made The verb made is a form of the verb to make.
maid The noun maid means “a girl or unmarried woman“ or “a woman servant.”
mail The noun mail means “materials, such as letters and packages, handled in a postal system.”
The noun mail also means “flexible armor composed of small overlapping metal rings, loops of chain, or scales.”
male The noun male means “a man or boy.”
main The adjective main means “most important; principal.”
Maine The noun Maine refers to a state.
mane The noun mane means “the long hair along the top and sides of the neck of certain mammals, such as the horse and the male lion.”
manner The noun manner means “the way of doing something.”
manor The noun manor means “a lord's estate in the Middle Ages.”
meat The noun meat means “the edible flesh of animals.”
meet The verb meet means “to come upon by chance or arrangement.”
mind The noun mind means “the part of a human being that thinks, feels, understands, remembers, and reasons.”
The verb mind means “to be concerned or troubled; care.”
mined The verb mined is a form of the verb to mine, which means “to excavate the earth for the purpose of extracting ore or minerals“ or “to lay explosive mines.”
miner The noun miner means “a person who works in a mine.”
minor The adjective minor means “lesser or smaller in amount.”
The noun minor means “one who has not reached full legal age.”
missed The verb missed is a form of the verb to miss.
mist The noun mist means “a mass of fine droplets of water in the atmosphere near or in contact with the earth.”
moan The noun moan means “a low, sustained, mournful cry, usually indicative of sorrow or pain.”
mown Mown is a form of the verb to mow.
morn The noun morn means “morning.”
mourn The verb mourn means “to feel or express grief or sorrow.”
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knew Knew is a form of the verb to know.
new The adjective new means “having been made or come into being only a short time ago; recent.”
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oar The noun oar means “a long, thin, usually wooden pole with a blade at one end, used to row or steer a boat.”
or The conjunction or is used to indicate an alternative.
ore The noun ore means “a mineral or rock from which a valuable substance, such as gold or aluminum, can be mined or extracted.”
one The noun one means “the number, represented by the symbol 1, that represents a single unit.”
The noun one also means “an unspecified individual; anyone.”
The adjective one means “of the same kind or quality“ or “being a single member of a group.”
won Won is a form of the verb to win.
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pail The noun pail means “a bucket.”
pale The adjective pale means “having skin that is lighter than usual, often because of illness.”
The adjective pale also means “light in color.”
The noun pale means “a region or district lying within an imposed boundary.”
pain The noun pain means “an unpleasant sensation occurring in varying degrees of severity as a consequence of injury, disease, or emotional disorder.”
pane The noun pane means “a framed section of a window or door that is usually filled with a sheet of glass or other transparent material.”
pair The noun pair means “two matched persons or items.” The verb pair means “to arrange in sets of two“ or “to form pairs.”
pare The verb pare means “to remove the outer covering.”
pear A pear is a kind of fruit.
passed Passed is a form of the verb to pass: Matt passed Andy and won the race.
past The adjective past means “no longer current; gone by; over“ or “having existed or occurred in an earlier time“: Maria has been on vacation for the past week.
The noun past means “the time before the present“: Cody's report describes what school was like in the past.
The adverb past means “so as to pass by or go beyond“: We cheered when our team marched past.
The preposition past means “beyond“: I walk past the post office on the way to school.
patience The noun patience means “the ability to put up with trouble, hardship, or delay without complaining.”
patients The noun patients means “ones who receive medical attention, care, or treatment.”
pause The verb pause means “to cease or suspend an action temporarily.”
paws The noun paws means “the feet of a four-footed animal that has claws.”
peace The noun peace means “the absence of war or other hostilities.”
piece The noun piece means “a portion or part of something.”
peak The noun peak means “the pointed summit of a mountain“ or “the mountain itself.”
The verb peak means “to achieve a maximum of development, value, or intensity.”
peek The verb peek means “to glance quickly.”
The noun peek means “a brief or furtive look.”
plain The adjective plain means “clear“ or “obvious“ or “simple.”
The noun plain means “an extensive, level, usually treeless area of land.”
plane The noun plane means “a flat or level surface.”
The noun plane also means, in mathematics, “a surface containing all the straight lines that connect any two points on it.”
The noun plane also means “an airplane or hydroplane.”
The noun plane also means “a carpenter's tool with an adjustable blade for smoothing and leveling wood.
The verb plane means “to smooth or finish with or as if with a plane.”
pole The noun pole means “a long, relatively slender, generally rounded piece of wood or other material.”
The noun pole also means “either of the regions contiguous to the extremities of the earth's rotational axis, the North Pole or the South Pole.”
The noun pole also means “either end of a magnet.”
The noun Pole also means “a native or inhabitant of Poland.”
poll The noun poll means “a survey of the public or of a sample of public opinion to acquire information.”
The verb poll means “to question in a survey.”
pore The verb pore means “to read or study carefully and attentively.”
The noun pore means “tiny opening, as in the skin or on the surface of a plant, through which liquids or gases may pass.”
poor The adjective poor means “having little or no wealth and few or no possessions.”
pour The verb pour means “to flow or cause to flow.”
pray The verb pray means “to utter or address a prayer or prayers to God, a god, or another object of worship.”
prey The noun prey means “an animal hunted or caught for food; quarry.”
praise The noun praise means “an expression of approval, commendation, or admiration.”
prays Prays is a form of the verb to pray.
preys Preys is a form of the verb to prey, which means “to hunt, catch, or eat a quarry.”
principal The noun principal means “the head of an elementary school or high school.”
principle The adjective principle means “first in rank, degree, or importance.”
The noun principle means “a fundamental truth that forms the basis of other truths.”
The noun principle also means “a rule or standard of behavior.”
The noun principle also means “a rule or law about how a device or machine functions or operates.”
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rain The noun rain means “a fall of water condensed from atmospheric vapor and falling in drops.”
reign The noun reign means “the exercise of sovereign power, as by a monarch.”
rein The noun rein means “a long narrow leather strap attached to each end of the bit of a bridle and used by a rider or driver to control a horse or other animal. Often used in the plural.”
raise The verb raise means “move to a higher position; elevate.”
rays Rays is the plural form of the noun ray, which means “a thin line or narrow beam of light or other radiant energy.”
rap The verb rap means “to hit sharply and swiftly; strike.”
The noun rap means “a form of popular music characterized by a strong rhythm and spoken or chanted rhyming lyrics.”
wrap The verb wrap means “to arrange or fold (something) about as cover or protection.”
red The noun red refers to a color.
read Read is a form of the verb to read.
reed The noun reed means “any of several tall grasses with hollow stems that grow in wet places.”
read The verb read means “examine and grasp the meaning of (written or printed characters, words, or sentences).”
real The adjective real means “true and actual; not imaginary, alleged, or ideal.”
reel The noun reel means “a device, such as a cylinder, spool, or frame, that turns on an axis and is used for winding and storing rope, tape, film, or other flexible materials.”
The noun reel also means “a moderately fast dance of Scottish origin.”
The verb reel means “to stagger, lurch, or sway.”
rest The noun rest means “sleep or quiet relaxation.”
The noun rest also means “the part that is left over after something has been removed.”
wrest The verb wrest means “to obtain by or as if by pulling with violent twisting movements.”
right The adjective right means “correct“ or “fitting, proper, or appropriate.”
The adjective right also means, in mathematics, “forming by or in reference to a line or plane that is perpendicular to another line or plane.”
The noun right means “a just or legal claim or title.”
The adverb right means “completely“ or “quite.”
write The verb write means “to form (letters, words, or symbols) on a surface such as paper with an instrument such as a pen.”
road The noun road means “an open, generally public way for the passage of vehicles, people, and animals.”
rode Rode is a form of the verb to ride.
rowed Rowed is a form of the verb to row.
role The noun role means “a character or part played by a performer.”
The noun role also means “a position or function.”
roll The verb roll means “to move forward along a surface by revolving on an axis or by repeatedly turning over.”
The noun roll means “the act or an instance of rolling.”
The noun roll also means “a list of names of persons belonging to a group.”
The noun roll also means “a small rounded portion of bread.”
The noun roll also means “tilting, swaying, or rocking motion.”
The noun roll also means “a deep rumble.”
root The noun root means “the usually underground portion of a plant that lacks buds, leaves, or nodes and serves as support, draws minerals and water from the surrounding soil, and sometimes stores food.”
The noun root also means “an essential part or element; the basic core.”
route The noun route means “a highway“ or “a means of reaching a goal.”
rose The noun rose refers to a flower.
Rose is also a form of the verb to rise.
rows The noun row means “a series of objects placed next to each other, usually in a straight line.”
Rows is also a form of the verb to row, which means “to propel (a boat) with or as if with oars.”
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sail The noun sail means “piece of fabric sewn together and fitted to the spars and rigging of a vessel so as to convert the force of the wind into forward motion of the vessel.”
The verb sail means “to travel by water in a vessel.”
sale The noun sale means “the exchange of goods or services for an amount of money or its equivalent; the act of selling.”
scene The noun scene means “a view or prospect.”
The noun scene also means “the place where an action or event occurs.”
seen Seen is a form of the verb to see.
sea The noun sea means “the continuous body of saltwater covering most of the earth's surface“ or “a relatively large body of saltwater completely or partially enclosed by land.”
see The verb see means “to perceive with the eye.”
seam The noun seam means “a line of junction formed by sewing together two pieces of material along their margins.”
seem The verb seem means “to give the impression of being; appear.”
seas The noun seas means “tracts of water within an ocean.”
sees Sees is a form of the verb to see.
seize The verb seize means “to grasp suddenly and forcibly; take or grab.”
serf The noun serf means “a farm laborer in the Middle Ages who was owned by a lord and treated like a slave.”
surf The noun surf means “the waves of the sea as they break upon a shore or reef.”
The verb surf means “to ride on or along on a surfboard.”
sew The verb sew means “to make, repair, or fasten by stitching, as with a needle and thread or a sewing machine.”
so The adverb so means “to a great extent; to such an evident degree.”
The adverb so also means “because of the reason given; consequently.”
The adverb so also means “in the same way; likewise.”
The conjunction so also means “in order that.”
sow The verb sow means “to scatter (seed) over the ground for growing.”
(The noun sow, which is pronounced “sou,“ means “an adult female hog.”)
sewn Sewn is a form of the verb to sew.
sown Sown is a form of the verb to sow.
shone Shone is a form of the verb to shine.
shown Shown is a form of the verb to show.
sink The verb sink means “to descend to the bottom; submerge.”
The noun sink means “a water basin fixed to a wall or floor and having a drainpipe and generally a piped supply of water.”
sync The noun sync means “harmony.”
soar The verb soar means “to rise, fly, or glide high and with little apparent effort.”
sore The adjective sore means “painful to the touch.”
The noun sore means “an open skin lesion, wound, or ulcer.”
soared Soared is a form of the verb to soar.
sword The noun sword means “a weapon consisting typically of a long, straight or slightly curved, pointed blade having one or two cutting edges and set into a hilt.”
sole The noun sole means “the underside of the foot.”
soul The noun soul means “the animating and vital principle in humans, credited with the faculties of thought, action, and emotion and often conceived as an immaterial entity.”
some The adjective some means “being an unspecified number or quantity.”
sum The noun sum means “an amount obtained as a result of adding numbers.”
The noun sum also means “the whole amount, quantity, or number; an aggregate.”
son The noun son means “one's male child.”
sun The noun sun means “a star that is the basis of the solar system and that sustains life on Earth.”
stair The noun stair means “one of a flight of steps.”
stare The verb stare means “to look directly and fixedly, often with a wide-eyed gaze.”
stake The noun stake means “a piece of wood or metal pointed at one end for driving into the ground as a marker, fence pole, or tent peg.”
The noun stake also means “a share or an interest in an enterprise.”
The verb stake means “to mark the location or limits of with or as if with stakes.”
The verb stake also means “to risk.”
steak The noun steak means “a slice of meat, as beef or fish, that is usually broiled or fried.”
stationary The adjective stationary means “not changing” or “not capable of being moved.”
stationery The noun stationery means “materials, such as paper, notebooks, pens, and envelopes, that are used in writing.”
steal The verb steal means “to take without right or permission.”
The verb steal also means “to move, happen, or elapse stealthily or unobtrusively.”
steel The noun steel means “a generally hard, strong, durable, malleable alloy of iron and carbon.”
straight The adjective straight means “continuously in the same direction without curving” or “having no waves or bends.”
The adverb straight means “directly” or “without detour or delay.”
strait The noun strait means “a narrow channel joining two larger bodies of water.”
The noun strait means “a position of difficulty, perplexity, distress, or need.”
The adjective strait means “fitting tightly; constricted.”
suede The noun suede means “leather that is rubbed to give it a soft, velvety surface.”
swayed Swayed is a form of the verb to sway.
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tacks The noun tacks means “short, light nails with a sharp point and a flat head.”
tax The noun tax means “a contribution for the support of a government, required of persons, groups, or businesses within the domain of that government.”
tale The noun tale means “a narrative of real or imaginary events; a story.”
tail The noun tail means “hindmost part of an animal, especially when extending beyond the main part of the body.”
tea The noun tea means “a drink made by steeping tea leaves in boiling water.”
tee The noun tee means “a small peg with a concave top for holding a golf ball.”
teas Teas is the plural form of tea.
tees Tees is the plural form of tee.
tease The verb tease means “to annoy or pester” or “to make fun of.”
team The noun team means “a group on the same side, as in a game.”
The noun team also means “a group of animals exhibited or performing together.”
teem The verb teem means “to be full of things; abound or swarm.”
their The adjective their is the possessive form of they.
there The adverb there means “at or in that place.”
they're They're is a contraction of they are.
theirs The pronoun theirs is used to indicate “the one or ones belonging to them.”
there's There's is a contraction of there is.
to The preposition to means “towards.”
The preposition to is also used before a verb to indicate the infinitive (as in to go, to talk.)
too The adverb too means “also.”
The adverb too also means “more than enough” or “excessively.”
two The noun two means “the number, written 2, that is equal to the sum of 1 + 1.”
toad The noun toad means “an animal that is similar to a frog but has rougher, drier skin and lives mostly on land when fully grown.”
toed The verb toed means “kicked with the toe.”
The adjective toed means “having toes.”
towed Towed is a form of the verb to tow.
toe The noun toe means “one of the extensions from the foot of a human being or other vertebrate.”
The verb toe means “to kick with the toe.”
tow The verb tow means “to draw or pull behind by a chain or line.”
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vain The adjective vain means “not yielding the desired outcome; fruitless.”
The adjective vain also means “excessively proud of one's appearance or accomplishments; conceited.”
The idiom in vain means “to no avail.”
vane The noun vane means “a weathervane.”
vein The noun vein means “a blood vessel.”
The noun vein also means “one of the narrow tubes that form the framework of a leaf or an insect's wing.”
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wade The verb wade means “to walk in or through water or something else that similarly impedes normal movement.”
weighed Weighed is a form of the verb to weigh.
wail The verb wail means “to utter a long cry of grief, sadness, or pain.”
whale The noun whale means “an often very large sea animal that looks like a fish but is a mammal that breathes air.”
waist The noun waist means “the part of the human body between the ribs and the hips.”
waste The verb waste means “to use, consume, spend, or expend thoughtlessly or carelessly.”
The noun waste means “garbage; trash.”
wait The verb wait means “to remain or rest in expectation.”
The noun wait means “the act of waiting or the time spent waiting.”
weight The noun weight means “the measured heaviness of a specific object.”
ware The noun ware means “an article of commerce.”
wear The verb wear means “to carry or have on the person as covering, adornment, or protection.”
where The adverb where means “at or in what place.”
war The noun war means “a state of open, armed, often prolonged conflict carried on between nations, states, or parties.”
wore Wore is a form of the verb to wear.
way The noun way means “a road, path, or highway affording passage from one place to another.”
weigh The verb weigh means “to find out the weight of.”
we We is used by the speaker or writer to indicate the speaker or writer along with another or others as the subject.
wee The adjective wee means “very small; tiny.”
weak The adjective weak means “lacking physical strength, energy, or vigor; feeble.”
week The noun week means “a period of seven days.”
we'll We'll is a contraction of we will.
wheel The noun wheel means “a solid disk or a rigid circular ring connected by spokes to a hub, designed to turn around an axle passed through the center.”
weather The noun weather means “the condition or activity of the atmosphere at any given time or place.”
whether Whether is used to introduce alternative possibilities.
weave The verb weave means “to make something, such as cloth or a basket, by passing something, such as threads or twigs, over and under one another.”
we've We've is a contraction of we have.
weed The noun weed means “a plant considered undesirable, unattractive, or troublesome.”
we'd We'd is a contraction of we would.
We'd is also a contraction of we had.
which The pronoun which means “what particular one or ones.”
witch The noun witch means “a woman claiming or popularly believed to possess magical powers and practice sorcery.”
whine The verb whine means “to make a shrill high sound or cry.”
wine The noun wine means “a beverage made of the fermented juice of any of various kinds of grapes.“
whined Whined is a form of the verb to whine.
wind The verb wind means “to wrap or be wrapped around something.”
whose Whose is an interrogative pronoun.
Whose is also a possessive pronoun.
who's Who's is a contraction of who is.
wood The noun wood means “the hard material beneath the bark of trees and shrubs that makes up the trunk and branches.”
would Would is a form of the auxiliary verb will.
Would is used to express desire or intent.
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yoke The noun yoke means “a crossbar with two U-shaped pieces that encircle the necks of a pair of oxen or other draft animals working together.”
yolk The noun yolk means “the yellow, usually spherical portion of an egg of a bird or reptile, surrounded by the albumen and serving as nutriment for the developing young.”
your Your is a possessive pronoun.
you're You're is a contraction of you are.
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