or hand-o·ver

[ hand-oh-ver ]

  1. the act of relinquishing property, authority, etc.: a handover of occupied territory.

Origin of handover

Noun use of verb phrase hand over

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How to use handover in a sentence

  • Madame Ratignolle laid her hand over that of Mrs. Pontellier, which was near her.

  • Lift up thy hand over the strange nations, that they may see thy power.

  • He was further instructed to hand over his consulate archives to the British Consul, who would take charge of American interests.

    The Philippine Islands | John Foreman
  • Napoleon at once ordered Lannes to hand over his corps to Moncey and to join headquarters.

    Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
  • "We have a grandfather in Greenfield," spoke up the youngest child before his sister could clap her hand over his mouth.

    The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner

British Dictionary definitions for hand over

hand over

verb(tr, adverb)
  1. to surrender possession of; transfer

  1. a transfer or surrender

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Other Idioms and Phrases with handover


Release or relinquish to another's possession or control. For example, You may as well hand over the money, or He decided to hand the store over to his children. [c. 1800] For a synonym, see turn over, def. 5.

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