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.

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Ikea did its homework about Wisconsin and learned that many homeowners here finish their basements, which isn’t as common in other parts of the U.S. Paul Gores, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Buzz builds as grand opening of Oak Creek Ikea store nears," 9 May 2018 McPhee and his staff did their homework about players’ personalities and reputations. Kevin Allen, USA TODAY, "Five reasons the Vegas Golden Knights continue to thrive as NHL's most-successful expansion team," 27 Apr. 2018 Hunting for easy prey Hamilton said scammers will do their homework about a town’s front office, going so far as to read emails from a mayor and imitating writing style. Ryan Blethen, The Seattle Times, "Wire-transfer scheme, ransomware attack — tiny Yarrow Point finds itself in criminals’ crosshairs," 24 Feb. 2018 Set up a comfortable place to study Your child should have a clean, well lit, comfortable space for homework. Mary Caldwell, ajc, "6 tips to help get your kid in back-to-school mode," 12 July 2018 Extended-day programs, with transportation included, provide Hispanic Heritage Club, Algebra Boot Camp, mentoring, homework assistance and college awareness programs in partnership with community nonprofits. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "How one Maryland high school successfully boosted minority student enrollment in advanced classes," 10 July 2018 Around sixth grade, Blackhawks first-round draft choice Adam Boqvist started hating homework more than most kids his age did. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "'It never got in the way of his hockey:' Blackhawks pick Adam Boqvist ready for anything after dealing with dyslexia," 6 July 2018 The next step should be targeted policies to close the homework gap, the inevitable achievement gap that occurs when a student is unable to complete schoolwork at home due to a lack of reliable Internet access. Nancy Webb, charlotteobserver, "Our NC Influencers weigh in on reader education question," 2 July 2018 There’s still going to be dinner, chores, and homework. Cincinnati.com, "Healthy attitudes in youth sports," 25 June 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 \

Kids Definition of homework

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

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to reject or criticize sharply

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