Main definitions of dole in English

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dole1

noun

  • 1British informal [mass noun] Benefit paid by the state to the unemployed.

    ‘I was on the dole for three years’
    [as modifier] ‘my next dole cheque’
    • ‘Unemployed and facing the dole queue, this enterprising young man decided to set up his own business.’
    • ‘Whole regions of the country went into serious decline, and unemployment and dole dependency skyrocketed.’
    • ‘His bank at home transfers his dole money to a local bank here.’
    • ‘However, he said he had declined the invitation because he would be attending a rally on September 30 to protest against cuts in dole payments to the elderly and disabled.’
    • ‘Chinese medicine subsidy may be granted to elderly dole recipients.’
    • ‘A broadside has been issued at ‘the dole office’ for alleged harassment of people who want to claim dole.’
    • ‘He was talking on Wednesday about plans by welfare groups to stage a protest against cuts in dole payments.’
    • ‘Despite being laid off, workers are not yet entitled to any dole payments.’
    • ‘But the increasing number of low-income dole recipients shows that wages have generally stayed low and that its economy is not likely to fully recover in the short term.’
    • ‘The government has come under renewed attack after it said it would go ahead with cuts in dole payments to the disabled and elderly despite calls from a wide spectrum of the community to delay the reductions.’
    • ‘Our tax dollars get wasted on dole payments to businesses who then charge us more for the privilege of consuming the products we've already subsidised.’
    • ‘All these writers emphasise the resilience and diversity of unemployed protest, from the peaceful petitioning favoured by moderates to the mass resistance of anti-eviction struggles and dole strikes.’
    • ‘She left a scribbled note, saying she was going downtown to cash her dole cheque.’
    • ‘The allowances of able-bodied dole recipients was cut by this amount last October but those for the elderly and the disabled were spread over two phases, last October and on Friday.’
    • ‘Pocket money, dole or reduced pension does not stretch to these luxuries, since privatisation for profit precludes travel to and cost of entrance to these simple pleasures.’
    • ‘The three lads topped up their dole cheques with some cash-in-hand building work for Alan's dad, a building contractor.’
    • ‘Its resistance was made possible not merely by its unionization but by the dole to the unemployed.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘Many poor families could not afford such activities as swimming classes for their children, especially after dole payments were slashed by 11 per cent last year.’
    unemployment benefit, state benefit, government benefit, benefit, benefit payments, social security, social security payments, public assistance allowance, allowance, welfare, insurance money, grant
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    1. 1.1dated [count noun]A charitable gift of food, clothes, or money.
      ‘the customary dole was a tumblerful of rice’
      • ‘On the other we have a party, which realises the importance of opening up our economic and trade frontiers and is happy to project India as a prosperous land, which does not require dole from the developed world anymore.’
      • ‘But his language mistakes were no barriers as kids and elders alike wanted to hear the man as he showered doles on them.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2literary A person's lot or destiny.

    ‘death be his dole who worst maintains the strife’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Distribute shares of something.

    ‘the scanty portions of food doled out to them’
    • ‘If landing rights were doled out by something resembling a market, this ‘help’ wouldn't be needed.’
    • ‘These clues are doled out slowly, often in half-overheard conversations or in a furtive glance or gesture.’
    • ‘In the past, she's officiated at some of his games but doles out absolutely no favoritism.’
    • ‘A total of 40 tonnes of cornmeal was due to be handed out on the first day but aid officials could not confirm if the entire amount was doled out.’
    • ‘Minimum rewards were doled out at totally random intervals, yet many of the subjects developed curious repetitive actions.’
    • ‘In most cases, the free passes are doled out even without asking.’
    • ‘They will eventually be moved to a clean lab, where they will be doled out to researchers.’
    • ‘More than 1,000 sales force management awards and 8,000 support staff awards were doled out as a result.’
    • ‘I get as many tickets as I can to each show I attend and dole them out to the uninitiated.’
    • ‘Europe recognises regions rather than cities and, like it or not, that is how the cash is doled out.’
    • ‘These raises will be doled out in eight quarterly payments starting in December 2002.’
    • ‘They are less willing to swallow whatever medicine is doled out to them until they know what it is, what it does, and what alternative treatment is available.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The CEO did not specify who provided this advice and if the same advice was doled out to all 11 health boards.’
    • ‘It is up to us to enact the regulation, oversight, and judgment necessary to insure that the correct rewards and punishments are doled out to the correct people.’
    • ‘These are fascinating, but could have been more so, had the author used them in a coherent narrative, rather than doling them out in snippets, rarely more than two pages long, to form an impressionistic collage.’
    • ‘Gifts in the form of sweets, books, posters and cookies were doled out throughout the day!’
    • ‘Firstly, research contracts are doled out on a ‘winner take all’ model, with a five year lifespan - so if a researcher or team misses out, they must survive on a shoestring for five years.’
    • ‘The 2004 movie year doesn't officially end for two more months, when the Oscars are doled out.’
    • ‘Before she took over, every girl in the school received an award of some sort: Commendations were doled out for such accomplishments as athletic achievement, an outstanding English essay, and improvement in math class.’
    deal out, share out, mete out, divide up, allocate, allot, apportion, assign, distribute, dispense, hand out, give out, pass out, pass round, issue, disburse
    dish out, dish up, divvy up
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Origin

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

Pronunciation:

dole

/dəʊl/

Main definitions of dole in English

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dole2

noun

literary, Archaic
  • 1Sorrow; mourning.

  • 2rare [count noun] A flock of doves.

    ‘a dole of doves adorned its tiled roof’
    • ‘The black grouping of lights look like a murder of crows and the white ones like a dole of doves flying above your head.’
    • ‘The event's show stopper was when the organisers released a dole of doves, white balloons and confetti from a helicopter as symbols of peace.’
    • ‘Millicent had declared pigeons too “filthy and ordinary” for her daughter's ball and so the exhausted party planners substituted a last-minute dole of doves.’
    • ‘The flower looks like a dole of doves drinking when viewed from above.’
    • ‘The event took on a World War I theme culminating in the release of a dole of white doves.’
    • ‘They see themselves as a healing dole of doves.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

dole

/dəʊl/