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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhand down
he/she/ithands down
present participlehanding down
past tensehanded down
past participlehanded down
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  1. 1
    to give knowledge or skill to someone who is younger than you and will live after you have died
    These skills have been handed down from generation to generation.
  2. 3
    to say officially that someone will receive a particular punishment
    The family believes that the sentence handed down by the judge is too lenient.
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