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.
Recent Examples on the Web Studying, hard work, discipline, being able to set aside what’s going on and actually doing homework. Roxanne Roberts, Washington Post, 16 May 2022 Numerous studies have found that learning suffers among young children even when TV is on in the background, and that grades decline when students are texting or using social media in class or when doing homework. Julie Jargon, WSJ, 30 Apr. 2022 Our hotel room staff supervise when the child is doing homework. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 30 Mar. 2022 The Cave was a study suite for blind students in the basement of Moffitt Library, meant for doing homework and meeting with sighted readers. Isabella Cueto, STAT, 30 Mar. 2022 When a judge issues an order regarding a youthful offender, school and doing homework are often mandated as part of the corrective measures. Steve Sadin, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 Nearby, Burgess’ daughter alternated between doing homework at her laptop and placing stickers on plastic containers for cheesecake slices. Christina Tkacik, baltimoresun.com, 11 Feb. 2022 Bowers spent many childhood hours at Bowers & Sons Cleaners, doing homework or waiting for a ride home with his grandparents. Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Everybody comes flying in from soccer and starts taking turns in the shower, and doing homework. Wendy Grossman Kantor, PEOPLE.com, 18 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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“Homework.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homework. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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