Definition of handout in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhandˌout/


1Something given free to a needy person or organization: hundreds of thousands of refugees subsist on international handouts
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  • Yet they live from handouts, financed by taxes on our hard-earned income.
  • As my colleague states, a large part of our salary goes towards our pension every month, and we are not just given the money as a golden handout from the taxpayer.
  • The company used the same threat of closure to pressure governments for financial handouts.
charity, aid, benefit, financial support, donations, subsidies, welfare
historical alms
2Printed information provided free of charge, especially to accompany a lecture or advertise something: she was shocked when she saw a one-page handout condemning her campaign
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  • A checklist for returning to work is provided in the patient information handout that accompanies this article.
  • A patient information handout accompanying Dr. Kligler's article helps explain these effects.
  • Looking at the fine print on the election handouts for the Chant and King teams, Shaggy spotted a familiar name authorising them.

Words that rhyme with handout


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Syllabification: hand·out

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