Entry from US English dictionary
Definition of Dole in:
- The US English dictionary
- 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.’
- 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.
verb[with object] (dole something out) Back to top
- 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.
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.