home·​school | \ˈhōm-ˌskül \
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.

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Since 2013, both have been homeschooled by a tutor in Pittsburgh. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Mackenzie Ziegler Gets Real About Her Struggles on the Show," 7 Oct. 2018 That could be homeschooling, that could be a public school, but one-to-one ratio. Eric Johnson, Recode, "If they don’t want to lose their jobs to a machine, doctors will need to become compassionate ‘human connectors’," 17 Sep. 2018 Most of the Turpin children were homeschooled, but one of the older boys was allowed to attend classes at a local college, reports CBS Los Angeles. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "In 911 call after escape, Turpin sibling describes horrific abuse, being "chained up"," 20 June 2018 The six competing students range from varied backgrounds such as homeschooled, Catholic school, Boy Scout, latchkey child and prodigy. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Dunes Summer Theatre stages 'Putnam Spelling Bee'," 11 July 2018 Before going to college, Mr. Sturgis was homeschooled by his mother. Bonnie L. Cook,, "Caleb J. Sturgis, 25, care manager for the deaf, dies in car accident," 28 June 2018 That same year, the couple pulled the children out of school to begin homeschooling. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "911 call reported concerns Hart children weren't being fed, hours before cliff plunge," 10 Apr. 2018 Through a friend, my mom got a meeting with a priest, who handed her a stack of paperwork to homeschool me on the sacrament. Sara Eckel, Longreads, "The Hole in My Soul," 1 June 2018 The homeschooling population in the United States is predominantly white and concentrated in suburban or rural areas. Melinda D. Anderson, The Atlantic, "The Radical Self-Reliance of Black Homeschooling," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of homeschool

1980, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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English Language Learners Definition of homeschool

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


home·​school | \ˈhōm-ˌskül \
homeschooled; homeschooling

Kids Definition of homeschool

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

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