Definition of handout noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    handout

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈhændaʊt//
     
     
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  1. 1(sometimes disapproving) food, money, or clothes that are given to a person who is poor to be dependent on handouts
  2. 2(often disapproving) money that is given to a person or an organization by the government, etc., for example to encourage commercial activity
  3. 3a free document that gives information about an event or a matter of public interest, or that states the views of a political party, etc. see also press release
  4. 4a document that is given to students in class and that contains a summary of the lesson, a set of exercises, etc.
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