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 As a literacy mentor for the University of Minnesota's CEHD America Reads program, Scholl helps first- through eighth-graders with their homework and other assignments. Peter Warren, Star Tribune, "U's CEHD America Reads mentorship keeps kids engaged despite COVID challenges," 12 Feb. 2021 At a time when the Internet hectors and hails us at every turn, some of the most popular channels on YouTube live-stream hours of mellow, unassuming instrumental hip-hop that won’t distract you from your homework. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, "The Obsessive Beat-Making of Madlib," 18 Jan. 2021 When the pandemic hit and classes were completely virtual, math teacher Chris Waba knew that 12-year-old Rylee Anderson was struggling with her algebra homework and her parents were unfamiliar with the new way of teaching the course. James Barrett, Redbook, "Good News Report: Stories That Moved Us in 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 If doing homework wasn’t already a drag, imagine having to do it while your friends are out and about in Los Angeles posting TikToks. Danielle Tullo, Seventeen, "Becoming Avani: How A Teen From Indiana Built A Social Media Empire," 12 Jan. 2021 Kohut, from National Community Renaissance, is convinced that builders not embracing all-electric construction haven’t done their homework. Los Angeles Times, "Should California ban gas in new homes? A climate battle heats up," 7 Dec. 2020 Aside from knowing what your S.O. will want to wear daily, the secret to finding a quality ring is doing your homework. Kiana Murden, CNN Underscored, "Getting engaged? Here’s how to find the perfect ring," 3 Dec. 2020 Then there’s the high school senior who spends six hours most days doing homework in a car next to a school bus turned Wi-Fi hotspot – the only way some kids on the Navajo Nation can get assignments to their teachers. Anthony J. Wallace | Cronkite News, The Salt Lake Tribune, "‘It’s creating a new normal’: A Navajo school district and its students fight to overcome amid COVID-19," 23 Nov. 2020 Scant connectivity meant doing homework on iPhones. Hillary Chura, The Christian Science Monitor, "Homeless and trying to learn in a pandemic: What some students face," 26 Oct. 2020

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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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25 Feb 2021

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“Homework.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homework. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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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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