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English definition of “handout”

handout

noun [C]     /ˈhændaʊt/
something such as food , clothing , or money that is given free to someone who is in need of it: She ended up living on handouts and food vouchers . federal / government / state handouts
money that is paid to someone without their asking for it: The electricity company offered shareholders a £238m handout. Shareholders are to receive a 25p a share cash handout after the company banked £219m from the sale last year .
FINANCE money that is given by a government to people , organizations , or industries to encourage a particular activity : More than 50 American billionaires have received government farm handouts in recent years from a program created to help struggling small farmers survive .
MEETINGS a document containing information that is given to people at a meeting or other event : Keep the information in your media handout factual and to the point .
(Definition of handout noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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