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
Recent Examples on the Web Other times, the NYPD fails to hand over key evidence. ProPublica, "Over a Dozen Black and Latino Men Accused a Cop of Humiliating, Invasive Strip Searches. The NYPD Kept Promoting Him.," 10 Sep. 2020 The cleric has also challenged his convictions as violating his free speech rights and maintains that the government failed to hand over evidence that another man in his orbit, Anwar al-Awlaki, was working as an informant for the United States. Rachel Weiner, Washington Post, "Muslim cleric, given life sentence for promoting religious combat, released pending appeal," 1 Sep. 2020 General Electric, Philips and other manufacturers' efforts have delivered more than 94,000 of them to the stockpile, and General Motors plans to soon hand over its business to a counterpart. Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, "The U.S. forced major manufacturers to build ventilators. Now they’re piling up unused in a strategic reserve.," 18 Aug. 2020 But in an open letter to the U.S. intelligence community, two U.S. senators summed up their fears in clear terms: The Chinese government could still force TikTok to hand over our personal information and use it to spy on us. Leslie Gornstein, CBS News, "What is TikTok? And what does President Trump have to do with it?," 1 Oct. 2020 Does the Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination prevent a court from ordering a criminal defendant to hand over the passcode to his smartphone? Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, "Strictly Legal: Reveal smartphone code? Court says you don't have to," 23 Sep. 2020 Mali’s military leadership is preparing to hand over power amid regional and international pressure for a swift transfer to civilian rule. Katarina Hoije, Bloomberg.com, "Mali Names Interim Leader as Junta Prepares to Hand Over Power," 21 Sep. 2020 Walsh notes that Belafonte's guest-host duties foreshadowed the current #ShareTheMicNow campaign, in which white people hand over their social media accounts to people of color to amplify Black voices. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "The week Harry Belafonte took over TV is subject of new doc," 8 Sep. 2020 In one case last year, Google was required to hand over information about almost 1,500 users to federal investigators working on a Wisconsin arson case. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Feds can’t ask Google for every phone in a 100-meter radius, court says," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2020

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“Hand over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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