distribute, dispense, divide, deal, dole out mean to give out, usually in shares, to each member of a group. distribute implies an apportioning by separation of something into parts, units, or amounts.
distributed food to the needydispense suggests the giving of a carefully weighed or measured portion to each of a group according to due or need.
dispensed wisdom to the studentsdivide stresses the separation of a whole into parts and implies that the parts are equal.
three charitable groups divided the proceeds deal emphasizes the allotment of something piece by piece.
deal out equipment and suppliesdole out implies a carefully measured portion of something that is often in short supply.
doled out what little food there was