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

One doesn’t need to be a Republican to criticize the idea of handouts for people who refuse to work. James Freeman, WSJ, "When Politicians ‘Pounce’," 13 Feb. 2019 Democrats were evil in my eyes, supporters of the grisly dismemberment of babies in the womb, controlling the poor by getting them addicted to government handouts, and promoting communist ideals. Cindy Mallette, Vox, "In a year of hyperpartisanship, I did the unthinkable — I changed my mind about politics.," 20 Dec. 2018 It has been derided as a backdoor subsidy for graduate school and a handout for doctors and lawyers who have the earning potential to repay their student loans. Danielle Douglas-gabriel, Washington Post, "What you need to know about the temporary expansion of loan forgiveness for public servants," 23 May 2018 After slicing through public services and handouts for the poorest, austerity is now biting hard at the professional middle classes. The Economist, "British professionals revolt as austerity hits the middle class," 26 Apr. 2018 The ad, from a nonprofit that advocates less government, attacked a Defense Department technology contract that Amazon intends to bid on, calling it a lucrative handout for the company. Cecilia Kang, Nick Wingfield And Danielle Ivory, New York Times, "Amazon’s Critics Get New Life With Trump’s Attacks on the Company," 22 Apr. 2018 Najib has sought to mitigate the impact of higher prices with generous cash handouts for workers, and increased subsidies and social assistance after two years of cuts. Bloomberg.com, "Najib Calls Malaysia Vote With Party's 60-Year Rule at Stake," 17 Apr. 2018 Photo: handout/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images The province of Sulu, which encompasses a string of islands stretching southwest from the large island of Mindanao, has long been a hotbed extremist groups, most notably Abu Sayyaf. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Philippine Terror Attack Kills at Least 20, Threatens Peace Hopes For Muslim Self-Rule," 27 Jan. 2019 The cash handouts, the government says, will boost spending in rural areas. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Junta Lite: Election Season Brings Push for Medical Pot, Same-Sex Unions," 12 Dec. 2018

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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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The first known use of handout was in 1648

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handout

noun

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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