hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Definition of handout

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a portion of food, clothing, or money given to or as if to a beggar
2 : a folder or circular of information for free distribution
3 : a prepared statement released to the news media

hand out

handed out; handing out; hands out

Definition of hand out (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to give without charge
b : to give freely
2 : administer handed out a severe punishment

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Examples of handout in a Sentence

Noun He sat on the sidewalk asking for a handout. The family wasn't interested in government handouts. The handouts had all the major points of his speech outlined on them. Verb no system yet in place for handing out room assignments
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Similar to the first allocation, businesses must have experienced or anticipate losses due to COVID-19 to be eligible and must have received less than the $350,000 cap on grant money in the previous handout. Elyse Kelly, Washington Examiner, "New Hampshire nearing another round of relief funding for businesses impacted by COVID-19," 16 Nov. 2020 Harris went over a handout showing five different types of vaccines that are in the works. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "State health officer expects COVID-19 vaccine by end of year," 15 Oct. 2020 When asked how to handle the U.S.’s debt, which totals over $20 trillion, Hickenlooper criticized the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as a handout to the wealthy and corporations. Derek Draplin, Washington Examiner, "Gardner and Hickenlooper face off in third debate for Colorado U.S. Senate seat," 12 Oct. 2020 This Blue Origin handout photo shows New Shepard landing on the pad in West Texas on October 13, 2020, with the NASA Lunar Landing Sensor Demo onboard. Bruce Selcraig, ExpressNews.com, "Team from San Antonio’s Southwest Research Institute hopes to retrieve asteroid chunks," 16 Oct. 2020 López Obrador has proved himself a master at the kind of politics — charismatic leadership, ardent nationalism and governmental handout programs — the PRI once specialized in. Maria Verza, Star Tribune, "Party chaos threatens Mexican president's administration," 13 Oct. 2020 Leung, 38, has chronic health problems and is relying on a government handout of around HK$6,000 a month for the disabled while waiting to be assigned a public housing unit. Denise Wee, Bloomberg.com, "Covid Worsens Crisis in World’s Most Unaffordable Housing Market," 5 Oct. 2020 Data that’s particularly hard for employees to digest can be set aside and served as a garnish, in handout form. Natasha Vaynblat, The New Yorker, "Word-Salad Recipe for Your Upcoming Corporate Meeting," 9 Oct. 2020 Retailers would have to display the warning on a poster or in a handout flyer, attributed to the city of Berkeley. Bob Egelko, SFChronicle.com, "Berkeley settles with wireless industry, will not require radiation warning to cellphone customers — for now," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of handout


1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of handout was in 1648

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22 Nov 2020

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“Handout.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handout. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of handout

: something (such as food, clothing, or money) that is given to someone who is poor
: a document that is given to people


hand·​out | \ ˈhand-ˌau̇t How to pronounce handout (audio) \

Kids Definition of handout

: something (as food, clothing, or money) given to a poor person

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