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dole

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[ dohl ]
/ doʊl /
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noun
verb (used with object), doled, dol·ing.
to distribute in charity.
to give out sparingly or in small quantities (usually followed by out): The last of the water was doled out to the thirsty crew.
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Idioms about dole

    on the dole, receiving payment from the government, as relief: They couldn't afford any luxuries while living on the dole.

Origin of dole

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English dol, dal “part, subdivision,” Old English dāl, gedāl “sharing”; see origin at deal1

Other definitions for dole (2 of 3)

dole2
[ dohl ]
/ doʊl /

noun Archaic.
grief or sorrow; lamentation.

Origin of dole

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First recorded in 1250–1300; Middle English dol, dol(e), doll from Old French duel, doel, from Late Latin dolus, for Latin dolor dolor

Other definitions for dole (3 of 3)

Dole
[ dohl ]
/ doʊl /

noun
Robert J(oseph), 1923–2021, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
Sanford Ballard, 1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98; first territorial governor 1900–03.
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British Dictionary definitions for dole (1 of 2)

dole1
/ (dəʊl) /

noun
a small portion or share, as of money or food, given to a poor person
the act of giving or distributing such portions
the dole British informal money received from the state while out of work
on the dole British informal receiving such money
archaic fate
verb
(tr usually foll by out) to distribute, esp in small portions

Word Origin for dole

Old English dāl share; related to Old Saxon dēl, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal 1

British Dictionary definitions for dole (2 of 2)

dole2
/ (dəʊl) /

noun
archaic grief or mourning

Word Origin for dole

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament
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