- Inflections of 'dole' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
- v 3rd person singular
- v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
- v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
- v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dole1 /doʊl/USA pronunciation
n., v., doled, dol•ing. n. [countable; usually singular]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
v. [~ + out + object]
- an amount of money, etc., esp. given at regular intervals by a charity:A dole is given to them every two weeks or so.
- to give out (something) in small quantities:to dole out water during a drought.
- Idioms, Governmenton the dole,[Chiefly Brit.] receiving relief payments from the government.
(dōl),USA pronunciation n., v., doled, dol•ing. n.
- a portion or allotment of money, food, etc., esp. as given at regular intervals by a charity or for maintenance.
- a dealing out or distributing, esp. in charity.
- Governmenta form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
- Governmentany similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
- [Archaic.]one's fate or destiny.
- Government, Idiomson the dole, receiving payment from the government, as relief:They couldn't afford any luxuries while living on the dole.
- to distribute in charity.
- to give out sparingly or in small quantities (usually fol. by out):The last of the water was doled out to the thirsty crew.
- bef. 1000; Middle English dol, Old English gedāl sharing; compare deal1
(dōl),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged share, pittance.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ration.
- grief or sorrow;
(dōl),USA pronunciation n.
- Late Latin dolus, for Latin dolor dolor
- Anglo-French, Old French
- Middle English do(e)l 1200–50
- BiographicalRobert J(oseph), born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
- BiographicalSanford Ballard, 1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98;
first territorial governor 1900–03.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dole /dəʊl/ n
- 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 ⇒ Brit informal money received from the state while out of work
- on the dole ⇒ Brit informal receiving such money
- archaic fate
Etymology: Old English dāl share; related to Old Saxon dēl, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal1
- (transitive) usually followed by out: to distribute, esp in small portions
dole /dəʊl/ n
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament
- archaic grief or mourning
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