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 Officials say that involves feeding the elk later and ending the alfalfa handouts earlier to draw fewer elk to feedgrounds on the National Elk Refuge north of Jackson. USA TODAY, "‘Joker’ stairs, migration art, Amazon in politics: News from around our 50 states," 31 Oct. 2019 Forty-three vendors dressed in costumes, opened their car trunks and handed out gifts and candy to the hundreds who lined up inside the building to collect the Halloween handouts. Elizabeth Owens-schiele, chicagotribune.com, "Kids in costume as dinosaurs, Disney characters, dragons and more collected treats from trunks of cars during Arlington Heights Halloween event," 28 Oct. 2019 But now, realizing the popularity of the handouts, the Civic Coalition is promising to add more. Loveday Morris, Washington Post, "How do Poland’s ruling populists remain so popular? Follow the money.," 12 Oct. 2019 The largest handouts would go to those with lucrative graduate and professional degrees. Preston Cooper, National Review, "Elizabeth Warren’s Bad Student-Debt Plan," 26 Sep. 2019 As the Yankee Institute notes, the business handouts cost even more than that since the state tapped bond funds to pay for them. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "A Connecticut Tax Story," 18 June 2019 In this handout photo provided by the House of Commons, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures during his first Prime Minister's Questions, in the House of Commons in London, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2019. Kevin Sullivan, Anchorage Daily News, "British House of Commons passes bill seeking to avert no-deal Brexit, another blow to Boris Johnson," 4 Sep. 2019 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

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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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11 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for handout

The first known use of handout was in 1648

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More Definitions for handout

handout

noun
How to pronounce hand out (audio)

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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