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hand

noun

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1 a certain way in which something appears or may be regarded
  • on the one hand, you would have more storage space in a larger house, but on the other, you would have more rooms to heat

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2 a place, space, or direction away from or beyond a central point or line
  • tall buildings rose on either hand
  • nothing but wide open space on either hand

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3 an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information
  • both hands of the clock pointed to 12

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4 one who works for another for wages or a salary
  • the restaurant always hires several more hands for the busy summer season

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5 the form or style of a particular person's writing
  • writes with a flowing, old-fashioned hand

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6 usually hands plural the ability to direct the course of something
  • the final decision is in your hands

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7 hands plural the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal
  • I'd like to get my hands on that vintage Cadillac convertible

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9 a person with a high level of knowledge or skill in a field
  • once she got her own place, the young woman showed that she was quite a hand at interior decoration

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10 a person's name written in their own handwriting often given to indicate awareness or consent
  • the subpoena required a lawyer's hand

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hand

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 to put (something) into the possession of someone for use or consumption
  • was happy to hand her grandmother's cookie recipes to the parish ladies to put in their cookbook

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2 to shift possession of (something) from one person to another
  • the clerk handed her the receipt

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3 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another
  • handed me her bundles while she fished for her house keys

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The first known use of hand was before the 12th century

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“Hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/hand. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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