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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhəʊmˌwɜːk/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈhoʊmˌwɝk/
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- Exercises assigned by a teacher to a student which review concepts studied in class.
- You must do your homework before you can watch television.
- (by extension) Something which one is encouraged to learn or study on one's own.
- The speaker had certainly done his homework before delivering the lecture.
- 2022 July 18, Donald Mcrae, quoting Michael Yormark, “Roc Nation's Michael Yormark on Romelu Lukaku: 'You have to play to his strengths... I don't think that happened'”, in The Guardian, archived from the original on 2022-12-26:
- I didn't even know who he was until I did my homework and realised he was a premier footballer for Bayern.
- 2023 August 7, Suzanne Wrack, “England beat Nigeria on penalties to reach Women’s World Cup quarter-finals”, in The Guardian:
- Nigeria had done their homework and were well organised. Halimatu Ayinde was exceptional in her marking of James, who had scored twice and provided three assists as she ran the show against China.
- (literally, now rare) Any work that is done at home; housework.
- 1989, Eileen Boris, Cynthia R. Daniels, Homework: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Paid Labor at Home, University of Illinois Press, →ISBN, page 241:
- Hatch perceived homework to be one tool—along with various workfare schemes and private sector training programs—that would take women off welfare and make poor women "independent."
- (slang, euphemistic) Sexual intercourse.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:sexual activity
- 1933, James T. Farrell, Gas-House McGinty, page 186:
- My wife and I want a kid, and we do plenty of homework, but goddamn it, Dutch, I just can't connect.
- (exercises assigned by a teacher) The term homework generally implies that the work is mandatory and worth marks; exercises that are optional are usually referred to as practice problems, review problems, extra practice, exercises, etc.
- (exercises assigned by a teacher) Work of a larger scale than homework (which involves a series of relatively simple exercises) is usually referred to as an assignment or project.
work that is done at home
preliminary or preparatory work