dole

noun (1)
\ ˈdōl \

Definition of dole 

(Entry 1 of 5)

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

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 year

b : something distributed at intervals to the needy also : handout sense 1

c : something portioned out bit by bit

dole

verb
doled; doling

Definition of dole (Entry 2 of 5)

transitive verb

: to give or distribute as a charity usually used with out dole out food to needy families

dole

noun (2)

Definition of dole (Entry 3 of 5)

archaic

Dole

biographical name (1)
\ ˈdōl \

Definition of Dole (Entry 4 of 5)

Bob 1923–     Robert Joseph Dole American politician

Dole

biographical name (2)

Definition of Dole (Entry 5 of 5)

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

First Known Use of dole

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

13th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dole

Noun (1)

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

Verb

see dole entry 1

Noun (2)

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

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dole money

off the dole

on the dole

the dole

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The first known use of dole was before the 12th century

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dole

noun
\ ˈdōl \

Kids Definition of dole

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

dole

verb
doled; doling

Kids Definition of dole (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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