Synonyms and Antonyms of hand

  1. 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 Synonyms of hand angle, facet, aspect, phase, sideWords Related to hand air, appearance, character, color, complexion, condition, face, look, semblance, shape, state, visage; period, stage, step; outlook, perspective, position, posture, shoes, slant, stance, standpoint, view, viewpoint; interpretation, reading, rendering, translation, version; article, case, component, count, detail, dimension, element, factor, instance, item, matter, part, particular, point, regard, respect

  2. 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 Synonyms of hand flank, sideWords Related to hand outside; face, top; bottom, foot, underbelly, underbody, underpart, underside, undersurface; lee, leeward, windward; left, rightNear Antonyms of hand center, inside, interior, middle, midway

  3. 3 an arrow-shaped piece on a dial or scale for registering information both hands of the clock pointed to 12 Synonyms of hand pointer, index, indicator, needleWords Related to hand dial, face, gauge (also gage)

  4. 4 one who works for another for wages or a salary the restaurant always hires several more hands for the busy summer season Synonyms of hand employee, hireling, jobholder, retainer, workerWords Related to hand assistant, cog, flunky (also flunkey or flunkie), subordinate, underling, yes-man; drudge, gandy dancer, grub, hack, jobber, laborer, navvy [chiefly British], toiler; nine-to-fiver, wage earner, wage slave, wageworker, workingman, workingwoman, workman, workwoman; associate, colleague, coworker; temp, temporaryNear Antonyms of hand boss, superior, supervisorAntonyms of hand employer, gaffer [British]

  5. 5 the form or style of a particular person's writing writes with a flowing, old-fashioned hand Synonyms of hand handwriting, penmanship, scriptWords Related to hand cacography, hen scratch, hen track, scratch, scrawl, scribble; backhand, copperplate, cursive, print, running hand; autograph, John Hancock, John Henry, signature

  6. 6 usually hands pl  the ability to direct the course of something the final decision is in your hands Synonyms of hand grasp, control(s)Words Related to hand clutch, grip, hold, mastery; arm, command, dominion, helm, sway; authority, domination, jurisdiction, might, power; administration, direction, governance, government, guidance, management, operation, oversight, regulation, running, superintendence, supervisionNear Antonyms of hand helplessness, weakness; impotence, impotency, powerlessness

  7. 7 hands pl  the fact or state of having (something) at one's disposal I'd like to get my hands on that vintage Cadillac convertible Synonyms of hand control, enjoyment, hands, keepingWords Related to hand ownership, proprietorship; authority, command, dominion, mastery, power; repossession, retention; claiming, collaring, commandeering, confiscation, procurementNear Antonyms of hand dispossession, relinquishment, surrendering, transferalAntonyms of hand nonpossession

  8. 8 an act or instance of helping the downstairs tenant gave us a hand getting the heavy dresser up the stairs Synonyms of hand abetment, aid, assist, assistance, backing, boost, help, helping hand, leg up, lift, supportWords Related to hand advancement, encouragement, facilitation, forwarding, furtherance, furthering, nurturance; benefaction, patronage, promotion, sponsorship; advice, care, counsel, guidance, mentoring; attendance, attention, hand-holding, service; beneficence, charity, favor, kindness, philanthropy; assuagement, palliation, relief, succorNear Antonyms of hand constraint, frustration, inhibition, interference, obstruction, repression, restraint; deterrence, discouragementAntonyms of hand hindrance

  9. 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 Synonyms of hand ace, adept, artist, authority, cognoscente, connoisseur, crackerjack (also crackajack), dab [chiefly British], dab hand [chiefly British], fiend, geek, guru, expert, hotshot, maestro, master, maven (also mavin), meister, past master, proficient, scholar, shark, sharp, virtuoso, whiz, wizardWords Related to hand pro, professional; consultant, hired gun, specialist; addict, aficionado (also afficionado), buff, devotee, enthusiast, fan; craftsman, journeyman; all-rounder [British], jack-of-all-trades, Renaissance man; mistressNear Antonyms of hand apprentice, beginner, neophyte, novice; dabbler, dilettante; layman, nonprofessionalAntonyms of hand amateur, inexpert, nonexpert

  10. 10 a person's name written in their own handwriting often given to indicate awareness or consent the subpoena required a lawyer's hand Synonyms of hand autograph, signature, John HancockWords Related to hand frank, mark; countersign; endorsement (also indorsement)



Synonyms and Antonyms of hand

  1. 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 Synonyms of hand deliver, feed, give, furnish, hand over, provide, supplyWords Related to hand ply (with); administer, allocate, apportion, deal (out), dispense, distribute, dole out, mete (out), parcel (out), portion, prorate; assign, cede, deed, make over, transferNear Antonyms of hand conserve, keep up, maintain, preserve, saveAntonyms of hand hold (back), keep (back), reserve, retain, withhold

  2. 2 to shift possession of (something) from one person to another the clerk handed her the receipt Synonyms of hand buck, pass, hand over, reach, transferWords Related to hand relay; bear, carry; finger, handle, paw; cede, deliver, give, give up, release, relinquish, render, surrender, turn over, yield

  3. 3 to put (something) into the possession or safekeeping of another handed me her bundles while she fished for her house keys Synonyms of hand commend, commit, confide, consign, delegate, deliver, entrust (also intrust), give over, give, hand over, leave, pass, recommend, repose, transfer, transmit, trust, turn over, vestWords Related to hand confer, grant; assign, deal (out), dispense, disperse, distribute, divide; hand in, release, relinquish, submit, surrender, turn in, yield; bequeath, hand down, hand on, will; advance, lend, loan; furnish, supply; recommit, redeliver, regive, retransfer, retransmitNear Antonyms of hand detain, hold back, reserve, withhold; own, possess; accept, receive, take in; occupy, take, take overAntonyms of hand hold, keep, retain

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