There are 3 definitions of dole in English:

dole1

Syllabification: dole
Pronunciation: /dōl
 
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noun

1 (usually the dole) British informal Benefit paid by the government to the unemployed: she is drawing on the dole
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  • His bank at home transfers his dole money to a local bank here.
  • Those people going on the dole would have otherwise been employed and off the dole.
  • She said: ‘If he had had that first dole cheque on time my son might be alive today.’
1.1 dated A charitable gift of food, clothes, or money.
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  • Another institution of the municipality was the langarkhana, where money and grain doles were issued to the destitute once a week and clothes once a year.
  • Sometimes people feel insulted to get doles from jeans-clad English-speaking urbane rich-kids.
  • But his language mistakes were no barriers as kids and elders alike wanted to hear the man as he showered doles on them.
2 literary A person’s lot or destiny.

verb

[with object] (dole something out) Back to top  
Distribute shares of something: the scanty portions of food doled out to them
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  • In most cases, the free passes are doled out even without asking.
  • On the other hand, you need a lot of dividend income for this tax break to stimulate your personal economy, and companies are stingy doling dividends out.
  • If landing rights were doled out by something resembling a market, this ‘help’ wouldn't be needed.
Synonyms
deal out, share out, divide up, allocate, allot, distribute, dispense, hand out, give out, dish out/up, divvy up

Origin

Old English dāl 'division, portion, or share', of Germanic origin; related to deal1. The sense 'distribution of charitable gifts' dates from Middle English; the sense 'unemployment benefit' dates from the early 20th century.

Phrases

on the dole

informal Registered as unemployed and receiving benefit from the government.
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  • He also pledged to increase the accommodation supplement to match the supplement received by those on the dole.
  • That some often live on the dole, unable to find work, only enhances their sense of estrangement.
  • It has advised us that there will be an increase in benefit payments as young people currently in training go on the dole.

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There are 3 definitions of dole in English:

dole2

Syllabification: dole
Pronunciation: /dōl
 
/

noun

archaic or literary
Sorrow; mourning.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French doel 'mourning', from popular Latin dolus, from Latin dolere 'grieve'.

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There are 3 definitions of dole in English:

Dole3

Syllabification: Dole
Pronunciation: /dōl
 
/
1The name of a family of US politicians.
1.1 Bob ( 1923-); full name Robert Joseph Dole. He was a Republican US senator from Kansas 1969–96 and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election.
1.2 Elizabeth Hanford ( 1936-), Bob’s wife; North Carolina’s first female US senator 2003–09. She served as US secretary of transportation 1983–87 and US secretary of labor 1989–90 before heading the American Red Cross 1991–99. In 1999, she made an unsuccessful bid for the 2000 Republican presidential nomination.