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"handout" in British English

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handoutnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhænd.aʊt/ us   /ˈhænd.aʊt/
  • handout noun [C] (INFORMATION)

B2 a document given to students or reporters that contains information about a particular subject: On page two of your handout you will find a list of the books that I have referred to during the lecture.

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  • handout noun [C] (PRESENT)

often disapproving something such as food, clothing, or money that is given free to someone who has a great need for it: I'm not interested in government handouts - all I want is a job.
(Definition of handout from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"handout" in American English

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handoutnoun [C]

us   /ˈhændˌɑʊt/
  • handout noun [C] (SOMETHING FREE)

something such as food, clothing, or money that is given free to someone who needs it: government handouts
  • handout noun [C] (DOCUMENT)

a document given to each person who is present, usually to give information about a particular subject: Her handout included a list of the books she referred to.
(Definition of handout from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"handout" in Business English

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handoutnoun [C]

uk   /ˈhændaʊt/ us  
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 from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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