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

Origin and Etymology of dole

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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dole

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Definition of dole

doled

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doling

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

Origin and Etymology of dole

see 1dole


First Known Use: 15th century


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dole

noun

Definition of dole

archaic

  1. :  grief, sorrow

Origin and Etymology of dole

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


First Known Use: 13th century


Dole

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biographical name \ˈdōl\

Definition of Dole

  1. Bob 1923–     Robert Joseph Dole American politician


Dole

biographical name

Definition of Dole

  1. Sanford Ballard 1844–1926 American jurist; president (1894–1900) and governor (1900–03) of Hawaii



DOLE Defined for Kids

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dole

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noun \ˈdōl\

Definition of dole for Students

  1. 1 :  an act of giving out food, clothing, or money to the needy

  2. 2 :  something given out to the needy especially at regular times


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dole

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verb

Definition of dole for Students

doled

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doling

  1. :  to give out Food was doled out to the poor.



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