dole

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Pronunciation[change]

Noun[change]

Singular
dole

Plural
doles

  1. (uncountable) A dole is money given as charity or welfare to someone who is poor.
    The closing of the steel plant put a hundred families on the dole.

Verb[change]

Plain form
dole

Third-person singular
doles

Past tense
doled

Past participle
doled

Present participle
doling

  1. (transitive) When you dole something out, you distribute a product to a large number of people, often free of charge.
    The Union Station Foundation doled out 1,000 free turkeys to needy families over the holidays.