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Meaning of DOLE

Pronunciation:  dowl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  (Great Britain) money received from the state
  2. [n]  a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given

DOLE is a 4 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: pogey, pogy
 See Also: part, percentage, portion, share, social welfare, welfare



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Dole\, n. [OE. deol, doel, dol, OF. doel, fr. doloir to
    suffer, fr. L. dolere; perh. akin to dolare to hew.]
    grief; sorrow; lamentation. [Archaic]
          And she died. So that day there was dole in Astolat. --
  2. \Dole\, n. [L. dolus: cf. F. dol.] (Scots Law)
    See {Dolus}.
  3. \Dole\, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d?l. See
    1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.
             At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul.
                                                   -- Cleveland.
    2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a
       scanty share or allowance.
    3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.
             So sure the dole, so ready at their call, They stood
             prepared to see the manna fall.       --Dryden.
             Heaven has in store a precious dole.  --Keble.
    4. A boundary; a landmark. --Halliwell.
    5. A void space left in tillage. --[Prov. Eng.]
    {Dole beer}, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.]
    {Dole bread}, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.]
    {Dole meadow}, a meadow in which several persons have a
       common right or share.
  4. \Dole\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Doled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to
    deal out scantily or grudgingly.
          The supercilious condescension with which even his
          reputed friends doled out their praises to him. --De
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