handout

noun
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

verb
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

Zink gives nearly all her patients a handout that explains that taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen -- both over-the-counter drugs -- is often more effective than taking oxycodone, an opioid. Anchorage Daily News, "A pain clinic without opioids? Believe it.," 10 Sep. 2019 Students will receive a handout covering the information. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Coast to Crest Trail Challenge beckons hikers," 14 Aug. 2019 And no amount of government handout can give you your pride back. Azamat Omuraliev, Quartz, "We should start working less now to mentally prepare ourselves for automation," 27 June 2019 New Hampshire resident Chuck Fassi earlier this year was selected to receive the first handout. Megan Cerullo, CBS News, "450,000 apply for shot at Andrew Yang's $1,000-a-month offer," 16 Sep. 2019 The handout consisted of 100 million Lumens, worth roughly $6 million. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "With Facebook Libra Coin Tied Up, Rival Uses Free Cryptocurrency ‘Airdrop’ as Lure," 9 Sep. 2019 The town was owned by Gulf Shipbuilding Corp. and corporate executives had refused to allow the nonresident’s handouts. Donna Engle, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Legal Matters: Is it legal to picket on a private street or a parking lot?," 6 Sep. 2019 Attendees will receive a broccoli transplant and information handouts. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Now is the time to spread wildflower seed in your San Antonio garden," 6 Sep. 2019 This could be as simple as working with them to find the information in a textbook or handout that answers their question or working through a challenging equation step-by-step. NBC News, "An after-school routine to help kids and parents beat homework stress," 5 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of handout

Noun

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1648, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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14 Oct 2019

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Time Traveler for handout

The first known use of handout was in 1648

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handout

noun

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

handout

noun
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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