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hand

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of hand

  1. 1 a certain way in which something appears or may be regarded <on the one hand, you would have more storage space in a larger house, but on the other, you would have more rooms to heat> Synonyms angle, facet, aspect, phase, sideRelated Words air, appearance, character, color, complexion, condition, face, look, semblance, shape, state, visage; period, stage, step; outlook, perspective, position, posture, shoes, slant, stance, standpoint, view, viewpoint; interpretation, reading, rendering, translation, version; article, case, component, count, detail, dimension, element, factor, instance, item, matter, part, particular, point, regard, respect

  2. 2 a place, space, or direction away from or beyond a central point or line <tall buildings rose on either hand> <nothing but wide open space on either hand> Synonyms flank, sideRelated Words outside; face, top; bottom, foot, underbelly, underbody, underpart, underside, undersurface; lee, leeward, windward; left, rightNear Antonyms center, inside, interior, middle, midway

  3. 3 an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information <both hands of the clock pointed to 12> Synonyms pointer, index, indicator, needleRelated Words dial, face, gauge (also gage)

  4. 4 one who works for another for wages or a salary <the restaurant always hires several more hands for the busy summer season> Synonyms employee, hireling, jobholder, retainer, workerRelated Words assistant, cog, flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), subordinate, underling, yes-man; drudge, gandy dancer, grub, hack, jobber, laborer, navvy [chiefly British], toiler; nine-to-fiver, wage earner, wage slave, wageworker, workingman, workingwoman, workman, workwoman; associate, colleague, coworker; temp, temporaryNear Antonyms boss, superior, supervisorAntonyms employer, gaffer [British]

  5. 5 the form or style of a particular person's writing <writes with a flowing, old-fashioned hand> Synonyms handwriting, penmanship, scriptRelated Words cacography, hen scratch, hen track, scratch, scrawl, scribble; backhand, copperplate, cursive, print, running hand; autograph, John Hancock, John Henry, signature

  6. 6 usually hands pl  the ability to direct the course of something <the final decision is in your hands> Synonyms grasp, control(s)Related Words clutch, grip, hold, mastery; arm, command, dominion, helm, sway; authority, domination, jurisdiction, might, power; administration, direction, governance, government, guidance, management, operation, oversight, regulation, running, superintendence, supervisionNear Antonyms helplessness, weakness; impotence, impotency, powerlessness

  7. 7 hands pl  the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal <I'd like to get my hands on that vintage Cadillac convertible> Synonyms control, enjoyment, hands, keepingRelated Words ownership, proprietorship; authority, command, dominion, mastery, power; repossession, retention; claiming, collaring, commandeering, confiscation, procurementNear Antonyms dispossession, relinquishment, surrendering, transferalAntonyms nonpossession

  8. 8 an act or instance of helping <the downstairs tenant gave us a hand getting the heavy dresser up the stairs> Synonyms abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, supportRelated Words advancement, encouragement, facilitation, forwarding, furtherance, furthering, nurturance; benefaction, patronage, promotion, sponsorship; advice, care, counsel, guidance, mentoring; attendance, attention, hand-holding, service; beneficence, charity, favor, kindness, philanthropy; assuagement, palliation, relief, succorNear Antonyms constraint, frustration, inhibition, interference, obstruction, repression, restraint; deterrence, discouragementAntonyms hindrance

  9. 9 a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field <once she got her own place, the young woman showed that she was quite a hand at interior decoration> Synonyms ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], fiend, geek, guru, expert, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizardRelated Words pro, professional; consultant, hired gun, specialist; addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fan; craftsman, journeyman; all-rounder [British], jack-of-all-trades, Renaissance man; mistressNear Antonyms apprentice, beginner, neophyte, novice; dabbler, dilettante; layman, nonprofessionalAntonyms amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

  10. 10 a person's name written in their own handwriting often given to indicate awareness or consent <the subpoena required a lawyer's hand> Synonyms autograph, signature, John HancockRelated Words frank, mark; countersign; endorsement (also indorsement)




hand

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of hand

  1. 1 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption <was happy to hand her grandmother's cookie recipes to the parish ladies to put in their cookbook> Synonyms deliver, feed, give, furnish, hand over, provide, supplyRelated Words ply (with); administer, allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; assign, cede, deed, make over, transferNear Antonyms conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve, saveAntonyms hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

  2. 2 to shift possession of (something) from one person to another <the clerk handed her the receipt> Synonyms buck, pass, hand over, reach, transferRelated Words relay; bear, carry; finger, handle, paw; cede, deliver, give, give up, release, relinquish, render, surrender, turn over, yield

  3. 3 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another <handed me her bundles while she fished for her house keys> Synonyms commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, give, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vestRelated Words confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmitNear Antonyms detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take overAntonyms hold, keep, retain




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