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 The broadcaster said that the investigation would start right away, would hand over all relevant records and publish a report at its conclusion. NBC News, "1995 Princess Diana interview to be probed after allegations she was tricked," 19 Nov. 2020 The government is asking the court to hand over certain animals to the United States, to allow immediate federal inspection of the Thackerville facility and to bar the Lowes from exhibiting their animals in person or online, among other requests. Clare Hymes, CBS News, "Feds sue "Tiger King Park" owners over "inadequate" care of endangered animals," 19 Nov. 2020 Customers will hand over their ballots, then linger at the counter with insistent questions. New York Times, "Here’s what this year’s vote-by-mail election looks like from the inside.," 2 Nov. 2020 Sewell will hand over the job to her assistant director for the last two years, Aimée Dunsmore, who has been the festival’s development director for 11 years. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah Arts Festival director leaving after 14 years; assistant director will take over," 26 Oct. 2020 Once a year, polluters from a host of industrial sectors—including power, cement, steel, chemicals and refineries—hand over allowances for their carbon-dioxide emissions or pay a fine. Rochelle Toplensky, WSJ, "How Investors Can Profit From the Fight Against Fossil Fuels," 29 Sep. 2020 Biden, the two-term vice president, has repeatedly called for Trump to hand over his tax returns on the campaign trail. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden campaign slams Trump tax report while cashing in on merchandise," 28 Sep. 2020 Hackett is scheduled to leave the company and hand over his title to Chief Operating Officer Jim Farley on Oct. 1, after three years at the helm. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "Report: Ford plans to slash 1,000 jobs in North America as restructuring drags on," 1 Sep. 2020 Lilly has resisted arrangements that would hand over all its current supply to the U.S., or any other government seen as the highest bidder. Robert Langreth, Bloomberg.com, "Trump Got One Covid Antibody Drug, But You Might Get This One," 29 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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28 Nov 2020

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“Hand over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hand%20over. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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