hand out - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyhand out
he/she/ithands out
present participlehanding out
past tensehanded out
past participlehanded out
  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.

See also main entry: hand