homework

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Etymology[edit]

From home +‎ work.

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homework (uncountable)

  1. Work that is done at home, especially school exercises set by a teacher.
    • 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools”, The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 30: 
      Imagine a country where children do nothing but play until they start compulsory schooling at age seven. Then, without exception, they attend comprehensives until the age of 16. [] Children address teachers by their first names. Even 15-year-olds do no more than 30 minutes' homework a night.
    You must do your homework before you can watch television.
  2. Preliminary or preparatory work, such as research.
    The speaker had certainly done his homework before delivering the lecture.

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The term is generally used to refer to primary or secondary school assignments as opposed to college-level coursework.

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