Definition of handout noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈhændaʊt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhændaʊt//
    Helping others
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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 Wordfinderappeal, benefit, charity, collection, donation, fundraiser, handout, telethon, volunteer, welfare See related entries: Helping others
  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 or people attending a talk, etc. and that contains a summary of the lesson/talk, a set of exercises, etc.
  5. Extra examples All those eligible will receive a cash handout. More information can be found in the handout. We were given a handout on job hunting. a handout from the government state handouts to the poor I don’t want to be dependent on handouts. The company is currently thriving thanks to a £70 000 government handout. The party’s press handout was largely ignored by journalists. The publicity handout states that you can book a holiday online in ten minutes.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: handout