hands-on

adjective \ ˈhan(d)z-ˈȯn , -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


HANDS-ON Defined for English Language Learners

hands-on

adjective

Definition of hands-on for English Language Learners

  • : 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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