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Dole

[dohl]
noun
  1. Robert J(oseph),born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
  2. 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 sanford b dole

dole

1
noun
  1. a small portion or share, as of money or food, given to a poor person
  2. the act of giving or distributing such portions
  3. the dole British informal money received from the state while out of work
  4. on the dole British informal receiving such money
  5. archaic fate
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verb
  1. (tr usually foll by out) to distribute, esp in small portions
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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

dole

2
noun
  1. archaic grief or mourning
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Word Origin for dole

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament
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Word Origin and History for sanford b dole

dole

n.

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.

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dole

v.

"hand out charity," mid-15c., from dole (n.). Related: Doled; doling.

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