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- Work that is done at home, especially school exercises assigned by a teacher.
- 2013 July 19, Peter Wilby, “Finland spreads word on schools”, in 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'[sic] homework a night.
- You must do your homework before you can watch television.
- Preliminary or preparatory work, such as research.
- The speaker had certainly done his homework before delivering the lecture.
- (uncommon) Housework.
The term is generally used to refer to primary or secondary school assignments as opposed to college-level coursework.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:homework.
work that is done at home
preliminary or preparatory work