Meaning of “hand down something” in the English Dictionary

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hand down something

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

(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.

hand down something

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

(DECIDE)

to make a legal decision known to the public by making an official statement:

(Definition of “hand down something” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)