When two people shake hands, they are usually trying to show their respect for each other. A handshake is usually just a simple way to say hello, congratulations, or goodbye.

  • He offered me his hand to shake, but I declined.

  • He offered me his hand to shake, but I refused again.

Definition of handshakes


grasping and shaking a person's hand (as to acknowledge an introduction or to agree on a contract)


handclasp, handshaking, shake

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Example Sentences for handshakes

  • 1

    There was a certain shyness in his smile and the handshake was not perfunctory.

  • 2

    But the student refused the handshake.

  • 3

    There was no handshake at the end of the third game.

  • 4

    By 1932, the salute was adopted as the substitute for the handshake.

  • 5

    The handshake is used as a token of friendship and identity.

  • 6

    The peak season for the export oriented units was at handshake.

  • 7

    Brothers learn the handshake and its meaning at the Cross Ceremony.

  • 8

    In the latter case, it may be used in conjunction with the left handshake.

  • 9

    The Brothers in the Fraternity hold the handshake and its meaning secret.

  • 10

    The handshake communication of CCS is changed to broadcast communication in CBS.