Meaning of dole
— n., v., doled, dol•ing.
- 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.
- a form of payment to the unemployed instituted by the British government in 1918.
- any similar payment by a government to an unemployed person.
- one's fate or destiny.
- 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.
— n. Archaic.
- grief or sorrow; lamentation.
- born 1923, U.S. politician: senator since 1969.
- 1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98; first territorial governor 1900–03.
- dole (Thesaurus)