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Nikud is used in the Bible, prayer books, in children's works, as well as in poetry where meter is important.
In Hebrew, there are many groups of homographs: words of two, three, four, five and more letters that even in plene spelling appear identical (like read and read) and can only be distinguished by full nikud. For example, the word mDBR without vowels may be miDBaR (a desert), miDaBeR (is speaking) or mehDaVaR (from a thing).
When the Hebrew reader sees a verb without nikud such as nMKR he must know immediately from the context whether the word is niMKoR (we will sell), or niMKar (it was sold).