hand down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhand down
he/she/ithands down
present participlehanding down
past tensehanded down
past participlehanded down
  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. 2
    to give clothes, toys etc to a younger child when an older child no longer needs them
  3. 3
    to say officially that someone should receive a particular punishment

    The family believes that the sentence handed down by the judge is too lenient.

See also main entry: hand