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 Still, sleep is not magic; people need to do their homework and load their heads with the puzzle pieces involved. Matthew Hutson, Scientific American, "Technique Takes Sleepers from Zzz to Aha!," 22 Dec. 2019 There are a lot of privileges that come with being born royal—but skipping out on homework isn't one of them. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Prince George and Princess Charlotte's Curriculum at Thomas's Battersea Is No Joke," 24 Aug. 2019 From potential choices in fashion to giving fans a reason to read up on their biology homework, the members of BTS have certainly been an inspiration to their fans. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "The BTS "Persona" Challenge Has Fans Sharing Their Accomplishments and How BTS Inspired Them," 28 Mar. 2019 And then there’s Paige, rarely a complainer, who vaulted to the eighth-grade honor roll for the first time recently by tuning out the stress at home and doing her homework in study hall. Washington Post, "In Trump Country, a season of need on family farms," 26 Dec. 2019 The writers of the show clearly did their homework, capturing the essence of the movies while also shining a light on the criticisms of them. Joseph Neese, House Beautiful, "'Saturday Night Live' and Scarlett Johansson Spoof Hallmark Christmas Movies in Game Show Format," 15 Dec. 2019 Andrew did his homework and came up with some big saves. SFChronicle.com, "Stanford men win in shootout, advance to College Cup," 6 Dec. 2019 So do some homework to avoid falling for images and videos that are fake, hoaxes, outdated or taken out of context, the News Literacy Project advises. Jessica Guynn, USA TODAY, "Facebook disinformation in the 2020 presidential election: What you can do to stop its spread," 12 Dec. 2019 In Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!, good ol' Charlie still has some homework to finish over Christmas break. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "‘Happy New Year, Charlie Brown!’ Airs on ABC This Month—Here's When to Watch," 10 Dec. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Homework.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homework. Accessed 27 January 2020.

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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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