dole: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (dōl), [key]
— 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. a form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
  4. any similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
  5. one's fate or destiny.
  6. 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.


Pronunciation: (dōl), [key]
— n. Archaic.
  1. grief or sorrow; lamentation.


Pronunciation: (dōl), [key]
— n.
  1. born 1923, U.S. politician: senator since 1969.
  2. 1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98; first territorial governor 1900–03.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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