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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theyhand out
he/she/ithands out
present participlehanding out
past tensehanded out
past participlehanded out
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  1. 1
    to give things to different people in a group
    Would you hand these papers out for me?
    Ralph was handing out drinks.
  2. 2
    to give something such as information or advice to someone
    They won’t hand out your phone number without permission.
  3. 3
    to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment
    A three-month sentence was handed out to the teenage boy.
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