sow

When you plant seeds in the ground, you sow them. You can also sow things like doubts or ideas, simply by spreading them around. If your ideas (or your seeds) develop and grow, you've successfully sown them.

The verb sow is pronounced completely differently from the noun sow, which means "a female pig." When you sow flower seeds, it rhymes with "go." When you admire an enormous, muddy sow in a pig pen, it rhymes with "cow." When two words are spelled the same but sound different, they're called heteronyms.

Definitions of sow
  1. verb
    place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
    synonyms: seed
    inseminate, sow in
    place seeds in or on (the ground)
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    types:
    broadcast
    sow over a wide area, especially by hand
    inseminate, sow in
    place seeds in or on (the ground)
    scatter
    sow by scattering
    type of:
    lay, place, pose, position, put, set
    put into a certain place or abstract location
  2. verb
    place seeds in or on (the ground)
    sow the ground with sunflower seeds”
    synonyms: inseminate, sow in
    seed
    place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
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    type of:
    seed
    place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
  3. verb
    introduce into an environment
    sow suspicion or beliefs”
  4. noun
    an adult female hog
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    type of:
    swine
    stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals
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