- a portion or allotment of money, food, etc., especially as given at regular intervals by a charity or for maintenance.
- a dealing out or distributing, especially in charity.
- a form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
- any similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
- Archaic. one's fate or destiny.
- 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.
- on the dole, receiving payment from the government, as relief: They couldn't afford any luxuries while living on the dole.
Origin of dole1
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Examples from the Web for doling
Uber responded to the PR nightmare by reversing the surge, refunding those affected, and doling out free rides.In Defense of Uber’s Awful Sydney Surge Pricing
December 16, 2014
As a rule, I am chary about doling out diagnoses unless there is a clear indication to do so.Daydreaming Is Not a Disorder
October 4, 2014
He was an All-Ivy defensive tackle for Harvard, an expert at doling out brutal hits.Steve James and Christopher Nowinski Talk the New Doc ‘Head Games’
September 22, 2012
For instance, the belief that our heavily mediated age is unique in doling out renown to every Tom, Dick and Kardashian?Long History of Celebrity
December 3, 2010
Gaspard is responsible for gathering intelligence, making peace and doling out tough love.Meet Obama's Karl Rove
May 12, 2010
Paris was doling out the daily food of its two million inhabitants.The Fat and the Thin
The stranger was doling out bill after bill from his thin roll.Buff: A Collie and other dog-stories
Albert Payson Terhune
She becomes miserly only when doling out the organs and instruments of labour.The Life of the Bee
"It begins with a Nem," he said, doling them out parsimoniously.Kipps
H. G. Wells
You've been doling it out to me in little morsels, and I've been aching to get it all at one bite.The Price
- 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
- (tr usually foll by out) to distribute, esp in small portions
- archaic grief or mourning
Word Origin and History for doling
Old English dal "state of being divided; sharing, giving out," shortened from gedal "portion," related to dæl "deal," from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (cf. Old Frisian and Old Saxon del, Middle Dutch deil, Dutch deel, Old High German teil, German Teil). On the dole is 1920s.
"hand out charity," mid-15c., from dole (n.). Related: Doled; doling.