home·​work | \ ˈhōm-ˌwərk How to pronounce homework (audio) \

Definition of homework

1 : piecework done at home for pay
2 : an assignment given to a student to be completed outside the regular class period
3 : preparatory reading or research (as for a discussion or a debate)

Examples of homework in a Sentence

She started her algebra homework.

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This year, Kate might have to help George with his homework. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton Was Spotted Back-to-School Shopping with Prince George and Princess Charlotte," 6 Sep. 2018 Parents blame it for unfinished homework and for corrupting their children’s oh-so-pure minds. The Economist, "The latest video-game fad shows off a DIY ethic," 10 May 2018 The children in five of the district’s seven elementary schools now have one day when their only homework is to do something new. Andrea Petersen, WSJ, "The Overprotected American Child," 1 June 2018 Parents should take the time to re-learn the basics, so homework isn’t a mystery to either parent or kid. Scott Kelly, Time, "I Was a Bad Student Who Became an Astronaut. Let’s Stop Telling People They Can’t Be Good at Science," 4 Apr. 2018 Lastly, Melendez told the audience that too much homework today is putting very heavy stress on students. Linda Gandee/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Five North Ridgeville students compete in Rotary 4-Way Speech contest; one moves on to district competition," 19 Oct. 2017 As in, your kids could sleep in this tank and do their homework in it. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Camouflage Army Tank Is Actually...A Bunk Bed?," 21 Dec. 2018 What to ask Buyers interested in fractional ownership should do their homework before jumping in. Canyon River Ranch, The Seattle Times, "Fractional ownership can put a vacation dream within reach," 24 Sep. 2018 Take the opportunity to get to know some of your fellow students over coffee or hot chocolate without the distraction of homework and social drama. Marissa Miller, Teen Vogue, "How To Celebrate The Holidays Away From Home," 22 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of homework

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of homework was in 1662

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English Language Learners Definition of homework

: work that a student is given to do at home
: research or reading done in order to prepare for something


home·​work | \ ˈhōm-ˌwərk How to pronounce homework (audio) \

Kids Definition of homework

: work (as school lessons) to be done at home

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