Meaning of “homework” in the English Dictionary

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"homework" in British English

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homeworknoun [ U ]

uk /ˈhəʊm.wɜːk/ us /ˈhoʊm.wɝːk/

A1 work that teachers give their students to do at home:

You can't watch TV until you've done your homework.
history/geography homework

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  • The kids are busy with their homework.
  • My science teacher always sets a lot of homework.
  • "Have you got any homework tonight?" "No."
  • I got A minus for my English homework.
  • For homework I want you to write an essay on endangered species.

(Definition of “homework” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"homework" in American English

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homeworknoun [ U ]

us /ˈhoʊmˌwɜrk/

studying that students do at home to prepare for school:

The teacher told us to read chapter five for homework.
fig.The travel agent's association suggests that travelers do their homework (= study the available information closely)to find the deal that is best for them.

(Definition of “homework” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"homework" in Business English

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homeworknoun

uk /ˈhəʊmwɜːk/ us
do your homework

to study a subject or situation carefully so that you know a lot about it and can deal with it successfully:

The company working on the project had clearly done their homework on universal design issues.

(Definition of “homework” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)