r j dole

Dole

[dohl]
noun
1.
Robert J(oseph) born 1923, U.S. politician: senator 1969–96.
2.
Sanford Ballard, 1844–1926, U.S. politician and jurist in Hawaii: president of Republic of Hawaii 1894–98; first territorial governor 1900–03.
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dole1 (dəʊl)
 
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.  informal (Brit) the dole money received from the state while out of work
4.  informal (Brit) on the dole receiving such money
5.  archaic fate
 
vb (usually foll by out)
6.  to distribute, esp in small portions
 
[Old English dāl share; related to Old Saxon dēl, Old Norse deild, Gothic dails, Old High German teil; see deal1]

dole2 (dəʊl)
 
n
archaic grief or mourning
 
[C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre to lament]

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dole
O.E. dal "sharing, giving out," shortened from gedal "portion," related to dæl "deal," from P.Gmc. *dailiz. Meaning of "charitable portion" (mid-14c.) led to verb "hand out charity" (mid-15c.). On the dole is 1920s. Related: Doled; doling.
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