hand over

handed over; handing over; hands over

Definition of hand over

transitive verb

: to yield control of

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Other Words from hand over

handover \ ˈhan-​ˌdō-​vər How to pronounce handover (audio) \ noun

Examples of hand over in a Sentence

the police officer ordered the suspect to hand over his weapons in response to a desperate plea, we handed over all our extra blankets and pillows to the homeless shelter

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Nadell sent the Washington Post of an unflattering image from a 13th-century Spanish manuscript that depicted Jewish money lenders handing over bags of coins to unhappy loan seekers. Eli Rosenberg, The Seattle Times, "Republicans attack Jewish candidates, including Kim Schrier, with an age-old caricature: fistfuls of cash," 6 Nov. 2018 Regional police confirmed that two people were injured in a scuffle but denied any religious undertones, saying the clash was triggered by local authorities' decision to hand over a church building to a music school. Vladimir Isachenkov, Fox News, "Russian Orthodox Church issues warning to Orthodoxy's leader," 28 Sep. 2018 Officials in Beijing reject accusations of theft and say foreign companies have no obligation to hand over technology. Joe Mcdonald, USA TODAY, "China rejects ‘threats and blackmail’ on eve of US tariff hike," 5 July 2018 Also Thursday, prosecutors in one of his cases handed over to U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III a full copy of a memo detailing the specific activities Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein authorized Mueller to investigate. BostonGlobe.com, "Manafort’s ex-son-in-law talking with Mueller’s team," 18 May 2018 All this free personalization comes at a price: these services count on users handing over even more data about themselves and their lives, and on Google mining that data, giving the search giant more influence and control over our daily choices. Nitasha Tiku, WIRED, "The Price of Google's New Conveniences? Your Data," 8 May 2018 The robbers demanded money from the register and one worker handed over the cash. Pauline Repard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "1 arrested, 1 escapes after Spring Valley gas station holdup," 31 Mar. 2018 After the last note was sung, the lights illuminated to reveal the cast lined up with Miranda in the middle—hand over his heart and tears in his eyes. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Lin-Manuel Miranda Received a Standing Ovation at Hamilton’s Opening Night in Puerto Rico," 14 Jan. 2019 Under the update's terms, any user signed into a Google service such as Maps or Gmail will automatically be logged into Chrome, which could mean handing over personal data to the search giant without the user's permission. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Google's New Automatic Chrome Login Is Bad For Your Online Privacy," 24 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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