hand over

verb

Definition of hand over 

transitive verb

: to yield control of

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Other Words from hand over

handover \ˈhan-​ˌdō-​vər \ 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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The team also drove to the German front-line headquarters and helped convince German Major General Botho Henning Elster to surrender and hand over 19,500 troops to U.S. Major General Robert C. Macon. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Prince Philip’s Cousin Was a Paratrooper Who Helped Liberate France From the Nazis," 20 Aug. 2018 After Trump’s historic summit with Kim in Singapore last month, the president declared the North was no longer a threat and would hand over the remains of American soldiers. Matthew Lee, BostonGlobe.com, "Pompeo says North Korea can replicate Vietnam’s ‘miracle’," 8 July 2018 After a night at sea, they were picked up by Spain’s maritime rescue services and then handed over to the police in the port city of Málaga. Raphael Minder, New York Times, "Spain’s Migrant Wave Grows, Even as Europe’s Subsides," 30 June 2018 That wise rider leaned out of a sleeping car and handed over some cash. Caille Millner, SFChronicle.com, "All-American road trip — by train," 28 June 2018 The gun was recovered by security guards and handed over to Rosemont police. Katherine Rosenberg-douglas, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago cop arrested on suspicion of pulling a gun outside Rosemont tavern," 24 June 2018 The thief walked in and passed a note to a teller, who complied and handed over cash, Butler said in a news release. Teri Figueroa, sandiegouniontribune.com, "FBI: Robber changed clothes right after bank heist," 11 June 2018 In November, Valeant gave up and handed over Sprout to its former owners without charging an upfront fee. Polina Marinova, Fortune, "Term Sheet -- Monday, June 11," 11 June 2018 Unlike the original proposal, each individual vehicle in pilot will only need to be tested for 30 days, not 90, and companies will have to retain, but not automatically hand over, all communications between riders and remote operators. Alex Davies, WIRED, "This Week in the Future of Cars: Money Money Money Moneyyy!," 3 June 2018

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of hand over was in 1652

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