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.

Primary Meanings of sow

1.
v
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth
2.
n
an adult female hog
Full Definitions of sow
1

v place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

Synonyms:
seed
inseminate, sow in
place seeds in or on (the ground)
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

v 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
Type of:
seed
place (seeds) in or on the ground for future growth

v introduce into an environment

sow suspicion or beliefs”
Type of:
broadcast, circularise, circularize, circulate, diffuse, disperse, disseminate, distribute, pass around, propagate, spread
cause to become widely known
2

n an adult female hog

Type of:
swine
stout-bodied short-legged omnivorous animals

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