home·​school | \ ˈhōm-ˌskül How to pronounce homeschool (audio) \
homeschooled; homeschooling; homeschools

Definition of homeschool

intransitive verb

: to teach school subjects to one's children at home

transitive verb

: to teach (one's children) at home

Examples of homeschool in a Sentence

They homeschooled both their children. Parents who homeschool are meeting on Thursday.
Recent Examples on the Web Parents who choose homeschooling should understand that there is much more to it than just signing their children up for online Spanish or letting younger children watch Reading Rainbow. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "How Technology Is Changing Homeschooling," 7 Nov. 2019 Parents that show homeschooling enrollment verification are also eligible for the promotion. Doreen Christensen,, "Free eats for teachers and staff at Pincho Factory on Friday," 3 Oct. 2019 Meadows is very open about his faith and has been an outspoken advocate for homeschooling as a congressman. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, "Mark Meadows and the Undisclosed Dinosaur Property," 1 Oct. 2019 Anti-vaccine advocates in New York are encouraging parents to homeschool their children rather than protect them from serious diseases, according to a recent report in The Wall Street Journal. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Antivaxxers turn to homeschooling to avoid protecting their kids’ health," 8 July 2019 Eilish was homeschooled by her parents in Los Angeles. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Loneliest Generation Embraces Billie Eilish," 23 Aug. 2019 Kathy and Jim Locke are homeschooling two of their kids this year in Silicon Valley-adjacent Alameda, Calif., in part to get them out from behind the school’s Google Chrome books and to reintroduce them to more classical education methods. Marie C. Baca, Washington Post, "Grammar is dead. Long live grammar-check?," 26 Aug. 2019 Just a few generations ago, the thought of future kings and queens attending school alongside their subjects was unheard of — Queen Elizabeth was exclusively homeschooled – but the young royal is thriving. Monique Jessen,, "Princess Charlotte 'Can't Wait to Be with Prince George at Big School' Next Week," 26 Aug. 2019 Of course, not all campers were the same — some were homeschooled; some went to public schools that rivaled mine in sports. Katy Hershberger, Longreads, "Losing My Religion at Christian Camp," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of homeschool

1980, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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20 Nov 2019

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“Homeschool.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 November 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeschool

US : to teach your children at home instead of sending them to a school


home·​school | \ ˈhōm-ˌskül How to pronounce homeschool (audio) \
homeschooled; homeschooling

Kids Definition of homeschool

: to teach school subjects to at home She homeschools her third-grade son.

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