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

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The ringleader behind the raid, longtime North Korean human rights activist Adrian Hong, voluntarily met with the FBI in New York, shortly after returning from Spain and handed over the electronics taken by the group, according to court documents. Victoria Kim, latimes.com, "Attorneys for ex-Marine accused in North Korean embassy attack say he faces retaliation," 7 June 2019 This spring, Pennsylvania’s two senators demanded that CMS release the list, and on Monday, the agency handed over its April list. Anne Saker, Cincinnati.com, "Two Cincinnati area nursing homes land on newly disclosed national list of problem sites," 5 June 2019 In 2015, Brennan handed over control of 8chan to Jim Watkins, an online entrepreneur, but stayed as administrator until 2016, according to the Wall Street Journal. Gianluca Mezzofiore And Donie O'sullivan, CNN, "El Paso mass shooting is at least the third atrocity linked to 8chan this year," 4 Aug. 2019 Loughlin, alongside her husband fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, allegedly handed over $500,000 in order to get both her daughters into the University of Southern California — one of which was social media personality, Olivia Jade. Bianca Betancourt, Teen Vogue, "The College Admissions Scandal Is Being Turned into a Movie," 24 July 2019 In fact, company representatives handed over a $40,000 check to cover the towing fees. Amy Martyn, The Verge, "They said you could leave electric scooters anywhere — then the repo men struck back," 24 July 2019 If Greenland becomes an independent state, Denmark could hand over the extended continental shelf claims mapped from the island's long coast. Mark Fischetti, Scientific American, "Nations Claim Large Overlapping Sections of Arctic Seafloor," 23 July 2019 The owners, who were not named, handed over the horses voluntarily. USA TODAY, "Gator captured, pledge restored, ailing giraffe put down: News from around our 50 states," 16 July 2019 Meanwhile, Buffett handed over more responsibility to two potential successors, Ajit Jain (who now oversees the insurance business) and Gregory Abel (in charge of the rest of operations). Fortune, "Berkshire Hathaway," 1 July 2019

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First Known Use of hand over

1652, in the meaning defined above

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