Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “hand down something”

hand down something

verb [T] phrasal verb with hand  /hænd/ us  

(GIVE)

to give something to a younger member of your family when you no longer need it, or to arrange for someone younger to get it after you have died: My grandmother handed down this necklace to my mother.
(Definition of hand down something phrasal verb, verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of hand down something?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

nip

to press something quickly and quite hard between two objects, especially sharp objects such as teeth or nails

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More