Definition of homework in English:

homework

noun

  • 1Schoolwork that a student is required to do at home.

    • ‘If you barely survived math class, how are you going to help your child with his math homework?’
    • ‘We have to go home and then we have to do homework for school tomorrow!’
    • ‘The payments of £40 are only handed out in return for such pupils agreeing to attend school and hand in homework.’
    • ‘Pupils can do their homework onscreen at school and file it electronically for marking.’
    • ‘She helps us with our homework, she washes our school uniforms and PE kits for us.’
    • ‘School pupils also have the chance to finish their homework early during an after-school session.’
    • ‘A home learning project has encouraged them to help pupils with homework and attend workshops and meetings in school.’
    • ‘Another significant feature of the school is that pupils are not burdened with homework.’
    • ‘Children too are finding the Internet at home and school invaluable as a research tool for homework and revision.’
    • ‘He assumed that she did her homework at school every day, and thought nothing of it.’
    • ‘I did some of my chemistry homework over the weekend.’
    • ‘We discovered they were going into school with no homework done and they were missing a lot of days.’
    • ‘At the age of four and a half they face a pretty formal six-hour school day, often with nightly homework.’
    • ‘If I'd submitted homework like this at school, I'd have been detained after class as punishment.’
    • ‘Now many pupils will have to have extra classes or supplement their homework to make up lost ground.’
    • ‘Tonight, while doing my homework for school tomorrow, I cried five times.’
    • ‘School is not all about classrooms and homework, as a group of students from three Ryedale schools found out.’
    • ‘Any time I wasn't at school or doing homework, I was practicing music or marching.’
    • ‘These school years were not easy for Norman but he helped his fellow pupils with their homework which put him on good terms with them.’
    • ‘I hadn't bothered doing my school homework either, on the grounds that there wouldn't be a school to go to on Monday.’
    exercise, assignment, school task, drill
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    1. 1.1 Work or study done in preparation for a certain event or situation.
      ‘he had evidently done his homework and read his predecessor's reports’
      • ‘Negotiation was the name of the game and all parties had done their homework carefully.’
      • ‘I had done my homework, and it's no coincidence that I have a fully briefed legal team ready to go.’
      • ‘Bertie led his team out onto the field only to discover the backroom team had not done their homework.’
      • ‘It appears that the opponents of Kyoto, while vocal, have not done their homework.’
      • ‘So unless someone in their data centre misread a 2 as a 7, they really haven't done their homework.’
      • ‘Let's hope the engineers have done their homework this time and get the measurements right.’
      • ‘I am going to take for granted that you have done your homework and have a proposal that is worth seeing.’
      • ‘When he did speak, he gave every appearance of having done his homework.’
      • ‘For a start, I had done my homework about the type of model that would best suit my needs and those of my family.’
      • ‘She has also done her homework in advance by a close reading of the books.’
      • ‘She went on to say, that had the Government done their homework properly things would have been very different.’
      • ‘It was yet another role for which he had done his homework well ahead.’
      • ‘Knight has truly done his homework and we owe him a debt of gratitude.’
      • ‘We've done our homework, watched the tapes and hopefully prepared the squad as well as possible.’
      • ‘One could certainly not accuse Blincoe of not having done his homework.’
      • ‘This is the point I discovered I should have done my homework properly.’
      • ‘Lambert is well positioned to comment on the industry and he's done his homework.’
      • ‘But if you've done your homework and bought a good company, over the next two years or more, you should be rewarded.’
      • ‘On the road you know the engineers have done their homework because the driving experience is now pleasurable.’
      • ‘Hill has done his homework, and for those who like this sort of thing, there's plenty to be got out of the novel.’
      preliminary work, preparations, planning, groundwork, foundations, preliminaries, provision, preparatory measures
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    2. 1.2 Paid work carried out in one's own home, especially low-paid piecework.
      • ‘Previously her energies went into raising her four children, two with special needs during which she took various part-time jobs and low-paid homework.’
      • ‘Please do not be mislead into thinking that you can find 'paid homework'.’

Usage

See schoolwork

Pronunciation

homework

/ˈhoʊmˌwərk//ˈhōmˌwərk/