Definition of homework in English:



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

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


See schoolwork