hand·​book | \ ˈhan(d)-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Definition of handbook

1a : a book capable of being conveniently carried as a ready reference : manual
b : a concise reference book covering a particular subject
2a : a bookmaker's book of bets
b : a place where bookmaking is carried on

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Recent Examples on the Web To increase the quality of your virtual culture, your handbook must embody what’s unique about your company while addressing staff needs. Michael Lane, Forbes, 19 May 2022 Break times vary from company to company, so check out your handbook and take advantage of the time that is yours. Ebony Williams, ajc, 6 May 2022 And there’s no handbook that explains how to promote a memoir the day such a seismic ruling comes down. Los Angeles Times, 14 July 2022 If information about your company is scattered across drives, documents, and emails, consider collecting this knowledge in a handbook that’s accessible to all employees. Sid Sijbrandij, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Mack has a handbook to help train the volunteer chaplains. Dallas News, 23 Sep. 2021 The last stage of dying in the hospice handbook will no longer be theoretical. Dan Horn, The Enquirer, 16 June 2022 Last week, Taiwan's Defense Ministry issued a civil defense handbook detailing how residents should react in the event of a military conflict. Eric Cheung, CNN, 21 Apr. 2022 Senate investigators found a company handbook showing how, for as little as a thousand dollars, Mr. Omelnitski’s company, the Markom Group, would establish offshore companies for his clients. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of handbook

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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6 Aug 2022

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“Handbook.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handbook. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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hand·​book | \ ˈhand-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce handbook (audio) \

Kids Definition of handbook

: a book of facts usually about one subject

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