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Definition of hand verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

hand

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//hænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hænd//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they hand
BrE BrE//hænd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hænd//
 
he / she / it hands
BrE BrE//hændz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//hændz//
 
past simple handed
BrE BrE//ˈhændɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændɪd//
 
past participle handed
BrE BrE//ˈhændɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændɪd//
 
-ing form handing
BrE BrE//ˈhændɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændɪŋ//
 
 
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  •  to pass or give something to somebody hand something to somebody She handed the letter to me. hand somebody something She handed me the letter.
  • Word Origin Old English hand, hond, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hand and German Hand.Extra examples He grudgingly handed me the money. He handed the book to Sally. Keith gently handed me the little baby girl. She handed out the exam papers. She wanted to hand the petition to the president personally. The court is getting ready to hand down a potentially historic decision. They would simply hand her over to the magistrate as a thief. formally handing over power to the new governmentIdioms
    hand something to somebody on a plate
     
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     (informal) to give something to somebody without the person concerned making any effort Nobody's going to hand you success on a plate.
    have (got) to hand it to somebody
     
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     (informal) used to say that somebody deserves praise for something You've got to hand it to her—she's a great cook.
    Phrasal Verbshand something back (to somebody)hand somethingdown (to somebody)hand somethingin (to somebody)hand somebodyoffhand somethingon (to somebody)hand somethingout (to somebody)hand over (to somebody)hand over somebodyhand somebody over to somebodyhand round something
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