hands-on Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “hands-on” in the English Dictionary

"hands-on" in British English

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hands-onadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˌhænd.ˈzɒn/  us   /-ˈzɑːn/

hands-on adjective [before noun] (INVOLVED)

Someone with a hands-on way of doing things ​becomescloselyinvolved in ​managing and ​organizing things and in making ​decisions: She's very much a hands-on ​manager.

hands-on adjective [before noun] (PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE)

Someone who has hands-on ​experience of something has done or used it ​rather than just ​read or ​learned about it: Many ​employersconsider hands-on ​experience to be as ​useful as ​academicqualifications.
(Definition of hands-on from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hands-on" in American English

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 /ˈhændzˈɔn, -ˈɑn/

hands-on adjective (INVOLVED)

activelyinvolved with other ​people in making ​decisions and doing ​work: She’s a hands-on ​manager.

hands-on adjective (DOING)

obtained by doing something, not by ​reading about it or by ​watching it done: hands-on ​experience/​training/​education
(Definition of hands-on from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"hands-on" in Business English

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uk   us   /ˌhændzˈɒn/
WORKPLACE directly involved in making decisions about the way in which things should be done: As a ​manager, she was always very hands-on. a hands-on ​approach
relating to or ​providingexperience of something: On the ​course, the youth learn various ​jobskills in a hands-on ​learningenvironment.hands-on education/learning/training The ​technical college ​offers hands-on ​training for ​students who want to learn the ​buildingtrades.
(Definition of hands-on from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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