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dole

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noun \ ˈdōl \

Definition of dole

1 archaic :one's allotted share, portion, or destiny
2 a (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 1
c :something portioned out bit by bit

Origin and Etymology of dole

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


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dole

verb

Definition of dole

doled; doling
transitive verb
:to give or distribute as a charity usually used with out
  • dole out food to needy families

Origin and Etymology of dole

see 1dole


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dole

noun

Definition of dole

archaic

Origin and Etymology of dole

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


Dole

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biographical name \ ˈdōl \

Definition of Dole

Bob 1923–     Robert Joseph Dole American politician

Dole

biographical name

Definition of Dole

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 :an act of giving out food, clothing, or money to the needy
2 :something given out to the needy especially at regular times

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dole

verb

Definition of dole for Students

doled; doling
:to give out
  • Food was doled out to the poor.


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