Dole - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |doʊl|  American pronunciation of the word dole
Brit.  |dəʊl|  British pronunciation of the word dole


- a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
- money received from the state (syn: pogey, pogy)


Too many young people are still on the dole.

The number claiming dole went up by 3,500.

The critic doles out a limited number of praises.

He signed on the dole in June.

Dole is a doer, not a talker.

As two factories closed today, 500 people joined the dole queue.

Dole queues lengthened.

How many people are on the public dole?

Dole has been twinned in the history books with his old rival Bush.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: dole
he/she/it: doles
present participle: doling
past tense: doled
past participle: doled
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