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dole

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noun \ˈdōl\

Definition of dole

  1. 1 archaic :  one's allotted share, portion, or destiny

  2. 2 a (1) :  a giving or distribution of food, money, or clothing to the needy (2) :  a grant of government funds to the unemployed b :  something distributed at intervals to the needy; also :  handout 1 c :  something portioned out bit by bit



Origin of dole

Middle English, from Old English dāl portion — more at deal


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dole

verb

Definition of dole

doleddol·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to give or distribute as a charity —usually used with out



15th Century

First Known Use of dole

15th century


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dole

noun

Definition of dole

archaic

  1. :  grief, sorrow



Origin of dole

Middle English dol, from Anglo-French duel, dol, from Late Latin dolus, alteration of Latin dolor


First Known Use: 13th century


Dole

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biographical name \ˈdōl\

Definition of Dole

  1. Bob 1923–     Robert Joseph Dole Am. polit.




Dole

biographical name

Definition of Dole

  1. Sanford Ballard 1844–1926 Am. jurist; pres. (1894–1900) & gov. (1900–03) of Hawaii






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