how to pronounce hand


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hand is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of hand in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… i had to hold his hand but at least i …”

meanings of hand


  1. The set of cards held by a player.
  2. Management, domain, control.
  3. A bunch of bananas.
  4. Agency in transmission from one person to another.
  5. That which resembles, or to some extent performs the office of, a human hand.
  6. In linear measurement:.
  7. A Native American gambling game, involving guessing the whereabouts of bits of ivory or similar, which are passed rapidly from hand to hand.
  8. A side; part, camp; direction, either right or left.
  9. A bundle of tobacco leaves tied together.
  10. Power of performance; means of execution; ability; skill; dexterity.
  11. Rate; price.
  12. An agent; a servant, or manual laborer, especially in compounds; a workman, trained or competent for special service or duty; a performer more or less skillful.
  13. That which is, or may be, held in a hand at once.
  14. That which has the appearance of, a human hand.
  15. A person's autograph or signature.
  16. A bunch of bananas, a typical retail amount, where individual fruits are fingers.
  17. An index or pointer on a dial; such as the hour and minute hands on the face of an analog clock, which are used to indicate the time of day.
  18. Personal possession; ownership.
  19. An instance of helping.
  20. The small part of a gunstock near the lock, which is grasped by the hand in taking aim.
  21. Actual performance; deed; act; workmanship; agency; hence, manner of performance.
  22. Handwriting; style of penmanship.
  23. A whole rhizome of ginger.
  24. Three inches.
  25. A limb of certain animals, such as the foot of a hawk, or any one of the four extremities of a monkey.
  26. Four inches, a hand's breadth.
  27. Applause.
  28. The feel of a fabric; the impression or quality of the fabric as judged qualitatively by the sense of touch.
  29. The part of the forelimb below the forearm or wrist in a human, and the corresponding part in many other animals.


  1. To give, pass or transmit with the hand, literally or figuratively.
  2. To furl.
  3. To lead, guide, or assist with the hand; to conduct.
  4. To pledge by the hand; to handfast.
  5. To manage.
  6. To cooperate.
  7. To seize; to lay hands on.


  1. A surname​.


  1. Initialism of have a nice day.

hand frequency in english - A1 level of CEFR

the word hand occurs in english on average 296.3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for A1 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics hand can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that hand can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) people, society, and culture;

words with pronunciation similar to hand


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