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.

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Take some time to do your homework to find a skilled and ethical contractor for your home improvement project. Stacy Argo |, Houston Chronicle, "GHBA Remodelers Council: Credentials and why they matter," 7 Sep. 2019 Phoebe Waller-Bridge has clearly done her homework. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "From 'Fleabag' to James Bond and Beyond: Phoebe Waller-Bridge on Death and Her Secret New Movie," 14 Aug. 2019 Some non-profit leaders are encouraging investors to do their homework. Natallie Rocha, Fortune, "Here’s How to Find Out If You Own Gun Stocks in Your 401k," 7 Aug. 2019 But every effective negotiator does their homework first. Lizz Schumer, Good Housekeeping, "Leasing vs. Buying a Car: How to Decide What's Right for You," 1 Aug. 2019 Since seeking sanctuary, Chavalan-Sut has been able to talk to her children, now ages 7, 11, 14 and 21, for an hour a day, making sure the youngest ones do their homework. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Immigrants taking sanctuary in churches hit with huge fines," 30 July 2019 At the same time, do your homework on what salary best suits this new title. Kathleen Corlett, Woman's Day, "How to Ask for a Promotion and Actually Get It," 23 July 2019 Destiny, 7, and Bella, 9, did homework on the family computer while Michael, 12, played the radio and set the dining room table. Caitlin Keating, PEOPLE.com, "20-Year-Old Takes on Raising Her Five Siblings After Both Parents Die from Cancer," 10 July 2019 The candidates have time to do their homework on the issue for next time. Anna North, Vox, "Democrats need to win women in 2020. The debate showed the candidates know that.," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of homework

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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