dole {2} definition, dole {2} meaning | English dictionary

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      n  
1    a small portion or share, as of money or food, given to a poor person  
2    the act of giving or distributing such portions  
3    usually preceded by: the     (Brit)  
informal   money received from the state while out of work  
4    on the dole     (Brit)  
informal   receiving such money  
5    Archaic   fate  
      vb  
6    tr; usually foll by: out   to distribute, esp. in small portions  
     (Old English dal share; related to Old Saxon del, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal1)  
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