\ ˈhan(d)z-ˈȯn How to pronounce hands-on (audio) , -ˈän \

Definition of hands-on

1 : relating to, being, or providing direct practical experience in the operation or functioning of something hands-on training also : involving or allowing use of or touching with the hands a hands-on museum display
2 : characterized by active personal involvement a hands-on manager

First Known Use of hands-on

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Hands-on.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hands-on. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of hands-on

: gained by actually doing something rather than learning about it from books, lectures, etc.
: involving or allowing the use of your hands or touching with your hands
: actively and personally involved in something (such as running a business)

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