Soup being doled out at a soup kitchen.
- The definition of a dole is charitable giving.
An example of a dole is food given to the homeless.
- To dole is defined as to give out or share.
An example of to dole is to give out clothing to the needy.
- a giving out of money or food to those in great need; relief
- that which is thus given out
- anything given out sparingly
- Informal, Chiefly Brit. a form of government aid to the unemployed, as in England: usually preceded by the and often in the phrase on the dole, receiving such aid
- Archaic one's destiny or lot
Origin of doleMiddle English dol ; from Old English dal, a share, parallel to dæl: see deal
Origin of dolesee doleful
- The distribution by the government of relief payments to the unemployed.
- A share of money, food, or clothing that has been charitably given: increasing the monthly dole given to poor families.
- Archaic One's fate.
transitive verbdoled doled, dol·ing, doles
Origin of doleMiddle English dol, part, share, from Old English dāl; see dail- in Indo-European roots.
Origin of doleMiddle English dol, from Old French dol, deul, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre, to feel pain, grieve.
(third-person singular simple present doles, present participle doling, simple past and past participle doled)
- To distribute in small amounts; to share out small portions of a meager resource.
From Middle English dol, from Old English dāl (“portion, share, division, allotment”), from Proto-Germanic *dailą (“part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhAil- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with Albanian thelë (“portion, piece”) and Old Church Slavonic [script?] (dola), [script?] (dilu, “part”). More at deal.