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 When a participant finally gets the courage to hand over their John Hancock, there's still the actual tour experience go through. 'Just putting on a big show' McKamey comes across as a charismatic, theatrical man. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, "Creator of extreme haunted house with 40-page waiver responds to outrage: 'It's all entertainment'," 30 Oct. 2019 DeBoer’s Jill is the one who hands over her baby girl, Madison, to frenemy neighbor Lisa (Luebbe), and spends the next 90-plus minutes filled with a mix of regret, resignation and downright panic. Geoff Berkshire, Los Angeles Times, "Review: ‘Greener Grass’ is one of the year’s weirdest comedies," 17 Oct. 2019 The two are part of nearly 50 IS members to be handed over by Friday, according to two Iraqi intelligence officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media. Mehmet Guzel, The Denver Post, "Turkey presses Syrian assault as thousands flee the fighting," 10 Oct. 2019 In that case, Watson slipped the teller an almost identical note demanding the money be handed over within five seconds. Justin Rohrlich, Quartz, "Automatic license plate readers are making getaway cars extinct," 4 Oct. 2019 The officer talked to a bartender, who handed over the keys. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Good shoe-maritan helps reunite mother with child’s footwear: Strongsville Police Blotter," 18 Sep. 2019 Scott agreed, the presidents approved, the networks handed over $3 billion over 12 years, the night-game train left the station and everyone was happy. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, "Hotline analysis: The Pac-12’s cash grab, night game pain and the exposure issue gnawing at the conference," 17 Sep. 2019 Both are still in diapers, throw their hands over their ears when there is a loud sound, and have not made friends at school. Author: Ariana Eunjung Cha, Anchorage Daily News, "The autistic children of sperm donor H898," 16 Sep. 2019 The six-figure payment, one of several that U.S. cities have handed over to hackers in recent months to retrieve files, made national headlines. Renee Dudley, ProPublica, "The Extortion Economy: How Insurance Companies Are Fueling a Rise in Ransomware Attacks," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Hand over.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handed%20over. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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