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"handout" in British English

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handoutnoun [C]

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

B2 a ​document given to ​students or reporters that ​containsinformation about a ​particularsubject: 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 ​particularsubject: 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   us   /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 ​foodvouchers. federal/​government/​state handouts
money that is ​paid to someone without their ​asking for it: The electricity ​companyofferedshareholders a £238m handout. Shareholders are to receive a 25p a ​share cash handout after the ​companybanked £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 ​governmentfarm handouts in recent ​years from a ​programcreated to ​helpstrugglingsmallfarmerssurvive.
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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