Meaning of “handout” in the English Dictionary

"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.

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)