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Homonyms have the same sound and same spelling with a different meaning.
Homophones have the same sound but different spellings and meanings.
Homographs have the same spelling but a different meaning (and possibly a different sound).

(*Traditionally, homonyms included any words with the same sound, rather than spelling, since those with the same spelling and sound could only be differentiated by context. The term homophone is now used.)

Examples of homonyms:
  • Book: noun: reading material.
    Book: verb: to make a schedule engagement.
    Book: verb: to charge with a crime.
  • Egg: noun: a hard-shelled body produced by a bird
    Egg: verb: to incite or urge into action
  • Steal: noun: something offered or purchased at a low price
    Steal: verb: to take and carry away someone's property without permission.
  • Time: noun: a moment, hour, day, or year as indicated by a clock or calendar
    Time: verb: to measure or record the time, duration, or rate of something or someone


Examples of homophones:
  • Bare, Bear
  • Beer, Bier
  • Boar, Bore
  • Desert (verb) and Dessert
  • Die and Dye
  • Doe and Dough
  • Floe and Flow
  • Foul and Fowl
  • Meat, Meet and Mete
  • Right, Rite and Write
  • So and Sew
  • Tear (rip) and Tare (weight)
  • Tear (eye) and Tier
  • Weak and Week
  • Yore, You're and Your


Examples of homographs:
  • Bow: long o sound: noun: a a knot made with two or more loops; tie
    Bow: short ou sound as in out: verb: to bend the head, body, or knee in greeting, respect, agreement, or obedience
  • Desert: short e sound: noun: dry land with few plants and little rainfall
    Desert: short i sound as in is: verb: to abandon or withdraw from
  • Does: long o sound: noun: female deer
    Does: short u sound as in duh: verb: to cause as an act or action to happen
  • Lead: long e sound: noun: an amount or distance ahead
    Lead: long e sound: verb: to go first
    Lead: short e sound: an element, or graphite in a pencil
  • Number: short u sound: noun: a word, symbol, or letter used to represent a mathematical numerical
    Number: the b is silent: adjective: lacking in sensation, "more numb"
  • Read: long e sound: verb: to go over and take in and understand the meaning of letters or symbols
    Read: short e sound: adjective: taught or informed by reading
  • Tear: long e: noun: droplet from the eye
    Tear: short e (tare): verb: to shred, cut into half or pieces; to make hole into something

(There is a large list of homophones at the related link.)
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