UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdəʊl/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/doʊl/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(dōl)

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]
  1. an amount of money, etc., esp. given at regular intervals by a charity:A dole is given to them every two weeks or so.

v. [+ out + object]
  1. to give out (something) in small quantities:to dole out water during a drought.
  1. Idioms, Governmenton the dole,[Chiefly Brit.] receiving relief payments from the government.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dole1  (dōl),USA pronunciation n., v.,  doled, dol•ing. 
  1. a portion or allotment of money, food, etc., esp. as given at regular intervals by a charity or for maintenance.
  2. a dealing out or distributing, esp. in charity.
  3. Governmenta form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
  4. Governmentany similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
  5. [Archaic.]one's fate or destiny.
  6. Government, Idiomson the dole, receiving payment from the government, as relief:They couldn't afford any luxuries while living on the dole.

  1. to distribute in charity.
  2. 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
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged share, pittance.
    • 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged ration.

dole2  (dōl),USA pronunciation n. [Archaic.]
  1. grief or sorrow;
  • Late Latin dolus, for Latin dolor dolor
  • Anglo-French, Old French
  • Middle English do(e)l 1200–50

Dole  (dōl),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. BiographicalRobert J(oseph), born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
  2. 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
  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 doleBrit informal money received from the state while out of work
  4. on the doleBrit informal receiving such money
  5. archaic fate
  1. (transitive) usually followed by out: to distribute, esp in small portions
Etymology: Old English dāl share; related to Old Saxon dēl, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal1
dole /dəʊl/ n
  1. archaic grief or mourning
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament
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