homework

noun
home·​work | \ ˈhōm-ˌwərk \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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 So the family would be filmed for 10 hours a day, six days a week doing rather mundane things, like homework or playing video games. Michelle Manetti, Good Housekeeping, "Jeremy and Audrey Roloff Revealed Some Pretty Shocking Stuff on Their New Podcast," 16 Nov. 2018 Donations aided The Salvation Army in providing after-school homework support to 500 kids. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "The power of readers’ generosity: The Seattle Times kicks off latest Fund For the Needy," 19 Nov. 2018 Whitaker said the only homework help the kids received from their parents was to be pointed in the direction of the dictionaries and encyclopedia volumes kept in the home. Cathie Anderson, sacbee, "Carol McNeal, who built a library of black experience at Sacramento bookstore, dies at 86," 10 July 2018 This could be school-age children who need homework help, or accompaniment for helping people find lawyers or training on knowing your rights, said Sullivan. Justin Reutter, Cincinnati.com, "Local immigrant resources rise as immigration rhetoric heats up," 5 July 2018 Mateo Twilley-Santiago, a 15-year-old sophomore, said Pagourtzis was in his advisory class - a period devoted to making up homework. Anchorage Daily News, "School shooting suspect was nondescript, betraying growing darkness," 19 May 2018 A few years ago, the Huskies did their homework on Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. Adam Jude, The Seattle Times, "WSU’s Gardner Minshew shows how valuable a grad transfer QB can be to a team. But you’ll never see that at UW.," 20 Nov. 2018 There are less expensive benches out there but doing my homework/review reading clearly paid off. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "This 9-Person Folding Bench Will Be Every Soccer Family's BFF Come Game Day," 20 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of homework

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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homework

noun

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

homework

noun
home·​work | \ ˈhōm-ˌwərk \

Kids Definition of homework

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

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