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1. Work, such as schoolwork or piecework, that is done at home.
2. Preparatory or preliminary work: did their homework before coming to the meeting.


1. (Education) school work done out of lessons, esp at home
2. (Education) any preparatory study
3. (Industrial Relations & HR Terms) work done at home for pay



1. schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom.
2. thorough preparatory study of a subject: to do one's homework for the next committee meeting.


1. 'assignment'

An assignment is a task that someone is given to do, usually as part of their job.

My first major assignment as a reporter was to cover a large-scale riot.

An assignment is also a piece of academic work given to students.

The course has heavy reading assignments.
When class begins, he gives us an assignment and we have seven minutes to work at it.

In American English, an assignment is also a piece of work given to students to do at home.

2. 'homework'

Work given to schoolchildren to do at home is also called homework.

He never did any homework.

Be Careful!
Homework is an uncountable noun. You do not talk about 'homeworks' or 'a homework'. Note that you do not say 'I have made my homework'. You say 'I have done my homework'.


1. 'homework'

Homework is work that school pupils are given to do at home. You say that pupils do homework. Don't say that they 'make homework'.

Have you done your English homework?
2. 'housework'

Housework is work such as cleaning or washing that is done in a house.

She relied on him to do most of the housework.

Be Careful!
Both homework and housework are uncountable nouns. Don't talk about 'a homework' or 'houseworks'.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.homework - preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)homework - preparatory school work done outside school (especially at home)
school assignment, schoolwork - a school task performed by a student to satisfy the teacher
didactics, education, educational activity, instruction, pedagogy, teaching - the activities of educating or instructing; activities that impart knowledge or skill; "he received no formal education"; "our instruction was carefully programmed"; "good classroom teaching is seldom rewarded"
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[ˈhəʊmwɜːk] Ndeberes mpl, tarea f
my geography homeworkmis deberes de geografía, mi tarea de geografía
to do one's homework (= schoolwork) → hacer los deberes or la tarea (fig) → documentarse, hacer el trabajo preparatorio
have you done your homework?¿has hecho los deberes?


(from school)devoirs mpl
Have you done your homework? → Est-ce que tu as fait tes devoirs?
my geography homework → mes devoirs de géographie
(fig) (= research) to do one's homework → bien se renseigner avant
He's obviously done his homework! → À l'évidence, il s'était bien renseigné avant !
Serious bargain hunters will do their homework before choosing a holiday → Les chasseurs de bonnes affaires sérieux se renseigneront bien avant de choisir un voyage.
to do one's homework on sth → bien se renseigner sur qch
a homework assignment → un devoir homework clubhomework club n club d'encadrement des devoirs scolaires


[ˈhəumˌwɜːk] n (Scol) → compiti mpl (per casa)


(həum) noun
1. the house, town, country etc where a person etc usually lives. I work in London but my home is in Bournemouth; When I retire, I'll make my home in Bournemouth; Africa is the home of the lion; We'll have to find a home for the kitten.
2. the place from which a person, thing etc comes originally. America is the home of jazz.
3. a place where children without parents, old people, people who are ill etc live and are looked after. an old folk's home; a nursing home.
4. a place where people stay while they are working. a nurses' home.
5. a house. Crumpy Construction build fine homes for fine people; He invited me round to his home.
1. of a person's home or family. home comforts.
2. of the country etc where a person lives. home produce.
3. (in football) playing or played on a team's own ground. the home team; a home game.
1. to a person's home. I'm going home now; Hallo – I'm home!
2. completely; to the place, position etc a thing is intended to be. He drove the nail home; Few of his punches went home; These photographs of the war brought home to me the suffering of the soldiers.
ˈhomeless noun plural, adjective
(people) without a place to live in. This charity was set up to help the homeless; homeless people.
ˈhomely adjective
1. simple but pleasant. homely food.
2. making a person feel he is at home. a homely atmosphere.
3. (American) (of a person) not attractive; ugly.
ˈhomeliness noun
ˈhoming adjective
1. (of pigeons etc) which (can) fly home when set free a long way from home.
2. able to take a missile etc to its target. These torpedoes have homing devices in their noses.
ˈhome-coming noun
1. the return home of a person (who has been away for some time). We had a party to celebrate his home-coming.
2. (American) an annual event held by a college, a university or high school for former students.
ˌhome-ˈgrown adjective
grown in one's own garden or in one's own country. These tomatoes are home-grown.
ˈhomeland noun
a person's native land. Immigrants often weep for their homeland.
ˌhome-ˈmade adjective
made by a person at home; not professionally made. home-made jam; home-made furniture.
home rule
the government of a country or part of a country by its own citizens.
ˈhomesick adjective
missing one's home. When the boy first went to boarding-school he was very homesick.
ˈhomesickness noun
ˈhomestead (-sted) noun
a house, especially a farm, with the land and other buildings (eg barns) which belong to it, especially in the United States, Australia etc.
home truth
a plain statement of something which is unpleasant but true (about a person, his behaviour etc) said directly to the person. It's time someone told him a few home truths.
ˈhomeward adjective
going home. his homeward journey.
ˈhomeward(s) adverb
towards home. his journey homeward; He journeyed homewards.
ˈhomework noun
work or study done at home, especially by a school pupil. Finish your homework!
at home
1. in one's home. I'm afraid he's not at home.
2. (in football etc) in one's own ground. The team is playing at home today.
be/feel at home
to feel as relaxed as one does in one's own home or in a place or situation one knows well. I always feel at home in France; He's quite at home with cows – he used to live on a farm.
home in on
to move towards (a target etc). The missile is designed to home in on aircraft.
leave home
1. to leave one's house. I usually leave home at 7.30 a.m.
2. to leave one's home to go and live somewhere else. He left home at the age of fifteen to get a job in Australia.
make oneself at home
to make oneself as comfortable and relaxed as one would at home. Make yourself at home!
nothing to write home about
not very good. The concert was nothing to write home about.


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