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  1. dole
    IPA[dōl]
  2. noun

    • 1. benefit paid by the government to the unemployed:

      she is drawing on the dole
      Synonym : unemployment benefit, state benefit, government benefit, benefit, benefit payments, social security, social security payments, public assistance allowance, allowance, welfare, insurance money, grant, financial assistance, the buroo, the broo
    • 2. a charitable gift of food, clothes, or money:

      the customary dole was a tumblerful of rice
    • 3. a person's lot or destiny:

      death be his dole who worst maintains the strife

    verb

    • 1. distribute shares of something:

      the scanty portions of food doled out to them
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: dole, plural noun: doles

    • noun

      sorrow; mourning.
    • noun

      benefit paid by the state to the unemployed:

      a charitable gift of food, clothes, or money:

    • verb

      distribute shares of something:
    • noun

      sorrow; mourning.

      a flock of doves:

    • (born 1923); full name Robert Joseph Dole. He was a Republican US senator from Kansas 1969–96 and was defeated by Bill Clinton in the 1996 presidential election.
    • noun

      used in reference to the number of people who are unemployed and and claiming state benefit:
    • noun

      the action of living on unemployment benefit, especially by deliberately avoiding work:
    • noun

      a person who chooses to receive unemployment benefit rather than work.
    • verb

      live on unemployment benefit, especially by deliberately avoiding work:
    • noun

      used in reference to the number of people who are unemployed and and claiming state benefit:
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