Meaning of “hand” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun uk us /hænd/
ARM [ C ]

A1 the part of your body on the end of your arm that has fingers and a thumb:

Take your hands out of your pockets.
take sb by the hand

to get hold of someone's hand:

Bill took her by the hand and led her into the garden.
hand in hand

holding each other's hand:

The young couple walked hand in hand by the lake.
hold hands

to hold each other's hand

at hand

near in time or space:

Teachers are always close at hand to give help to any child who needs it.
by hand

B1 done or made by a person instead of a machine:

This sweater has to be washed by hand.
in hand

being worked on or dealt with now:

Despite the pressures we are determined to get on with the job in hand.
be in sb's hands

to be in someone's control or care:

The matter is now in the hands of my lawyer.
on hand (also UK to hand)

near to someone or something, and ready to help or be used when necessary:

Extra supplies will be on hand, should they be needed.
at the hands of sb

If you suffer at the hands of someone, they hurt you or treat you badly.


one of the long, thin pieces that point to the numbers on a clock or watch


the set of playing cards that one player has been given in a game

a hand

B1 some help, especially to do something practical:

Could you give me a hand with these suitcases?
I think Matthew might need a hand with his homework.
on the one hand ... on the other hand

B2 used when you are comparing two different ideas or opinions:

On the one hand, computer games develop many skills, but on the other, they mean kids don't get enough exercise.
hands off informal

used to tell someone not to touch something:

Hands off - that's mine!

(Definition of “hand noun” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)