schoolwork assigned to be done outside the classroom (distinguished from classwork ).
paid work done at home, as piecework.
thorough preparatory study of a subject: to do one's homework for the next committee meeting.

1675–85; home + work

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homework (ˈhəʊmˌwɜːk)
1.  school work done out of lessons, esp at home
2.  any preparatory study
3.  work done at home for pay

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1683, "work done at home," as opposed to work done in the shop or factory; in sense of "lessons studied at home," it is attested from 1889.
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see do one's homework.

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Example sentences
Do your homework as to what hops will grow best for you.
Sweeter still, these little laws allow us to sound intellectual without having
  to do any homework.
She tends to forget her homework and is unprepared for tests.
Make a good impression at your interview by doing a little homework beforehand.
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