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handnoun

 us   /hænd/
  • hand noun (BODY PART)

[C] the ​part of the ​body at the end of the ​arm that ​includes the ​fingers and is used for ​holding, ​moving, ​touching, and ​feeling things: Keep both hands on the ​steeringwheel. When ​eating, most ​Americanshold the ​fork in ​theirright hand. He took my hand (= ​held it with his hand) as we ​walked along.
  • hand noun (CLOCK)

[C] one of the two ​longnarrowparts on a ​clock or ​watch that move to show the ​time: the ​hour/​minute hand
  • hand noun (CARDS)

[C] the set of ​cards that a ​player is given in a ​game: a ​winning/​losing hand
  • hand noun (HELP)

[C usually sing] help with doing something: Can I give you a hand with those ​bags?
  • hand noun (WORKER)

[C] a ​person who does ​physicalwork, esp. as one of a ​team or ​group: a ​farm hand
  • hand noun (CLAPPING)

[C usually sing] a ​period of ​clapping to show ​enjoyment of a ​performance: Let’s give this ​band a ​big hand.

handverb [T]

 us   /hænd/
  • hand verb [T] (PUT INTO HAND)

to put something from ​your hand into someone else’s hand: Would you ​please hand me a ​pencil?
(Definition of hand from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"hand" in British English

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handnoun

uk   /hænd/  us   /hænd/
  • hand noun (BODY PART)

A1 [C] the ​part of the ​body at the end of the ​arm that is used for ​holding, ​moving, ​touching, and ​feeling things: All ​theirtoys are made by hand. I ​delivered her ​invitation by hand (= not using the ​postalservice).informal Getyour hands off (= ​stoptouching) my ​bike! He can ​fix anything - he's so good with his hands. You have to hold my hand when we ​cross the ​road. They ​walked by, holding hands. Hold ​yourfork inyourleft hand and ​yourknife inyourright hand. She ​sat, ​pen in hand (= with a ​pen in her hand), ​searching for the ​right words. They can't keeptheir hands off each other - they never ​stopkissing and ​cuddling. "Congratulations!" she said and shook me by the hand/shook my hand/shook hands with me. She took me by the hand and ​led me into the ​cave. a hand towel

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  • hand noun (CLOCK/WATCH)

[C] one of the ​long, ​thinpieces that ​point to the ​numbers on a ​clock or ​watch: Does anyone have a ​watch with a second hand?

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  • hand noun (HELP)

B1 [S] help with doing something that ​needs a lot of ​effort: [+ -ing verb] Would you like a hand ​carrying those ​bags? Could you give/​lend me a hand with (= ​help me to ​move) the ​table, ​please? I ​think Matthew might need a hand with his ​mathshomework. I could really use a hand with these ​accounts if you could ​spare a ​moment.
  • hand noun (WRITING)

[S] old use a person's writing: an ​uneven hand

handverb [T]

uk   /hænd/  us   /hænd/
B1 to put something into someone's hand from ​your own hand: [+ two objects] The ​waitersmiledpolitely as he handed me my ​bill/handed my ​bill to me. Please ​read this ​memocarefully and hand it on (toyourcolleagues).

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(Definition of hand from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hand" in Business English

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handnoun

uk   us   /hænd/
[C] WORKPLACE someone ​employed to do ​physicalwork: a factory/​farm hand
hand in hand
always ​happening or being done together: go hand in hand (with sth) Taking too much ​risk often goes hand in hand with another ​big mistake - putting all your ​money into one ​project.
working closely with someone: I see myself ​working hand in hand with him on this.
at hand
available: Help is at hand for ​owners of ​small and ​growingbusinesses.
being ​worked on or dealt with at the ​presenttime: He would use his ​teammembers' particular ​experiences and ​talents to ​help him attack the problem at hand.
by hand
made or done using your hands rather than a ​machine: She ​entered the ​information into a ​computer by hand.
delivered by a ​person, rather than ​sent in the ​mail: It had been ​delivered by hand and there was no ​postmark.
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get your hands on sb/sth
informal to ​find or get someone or something you want: She would have to wait days for ​funds to ​clear before she could get her hands on the ​money.
good with your hands
able to make or do things well with your hands: Martin was good with his hands and ​worked for a ​timerepairing piers at a marina.
in hand
already ​available or being done: Plans for the ​restructuring are already in hand.
in the hands of sb
being dealt with or looked after by a particular ​person or ​group of ​people: leave/put sth in the hands of sb The ​document is important because it puts the decisions in the hands of ​management.
controlled or ​owned by a particular ​person or ​group of ​people: be/lie/rest in the hands of sb The company's future is firmly in the hands of its ​creditors. The ​postoffice in this country is still in the hands of the ​state.
on hand
available and ​ready to ​help or be used if necessary: They said he had $7.5 million ​cash on hand.be on hand to do sth A ​team of ​experts is on hand to answer ​individual problems or ​questions.
out of your hands
no ​longer able to be ​controlled by you, or no ​longer your ​responsibility: The decision over his future had been taken out of his hands by ​management.
put your hand in your pocket UK
to give ​money to someone or to a charity: People are more likely to put their hands in their ​pockets if they know it's for a good cause.
the job/matter in hand
the ​job or ​subject that is important at the ​presenttime: He is a consummate ​professional, very ​focused on the ​job in hand.
to hand UK
near and able to be used: Rosco always ​kept large ​amounts of ​cash to hand.
(Definition of hand from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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