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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theyhand over
he/she/ithands over
present participlehanding over
past tensehanded over
past participlehanded over
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to give something to someone by holding it in your hand and offering it to them

    Albert bowed and handed over the letter.

    hand something over to someone:

    He handed the car keys over to Stella.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to give someone to the police or another authority that will become responsible for them
    hand someone over to someone:

    The suspects have now been handed over to the French authorities.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to give power or control to someone else
    hand something over to someone:

    They formally hand power over to the new government next week.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to stop speaking to or dealing with someone and let someone else do it
    hand over to someone:

    I’m now going to hand over to my colleague back in the studio.

    hand someone over to someone:

    Let me hand you over to John, who will show you around.

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