1 portion, allotment, share, quota, lot, allowance, parcel; compensation, benefit, grant, award, donation, gift, largesse, alms, gratuity; Slang hand-out:
The prisoners received a daily dole of bread. If you've lost your job, are you eligible for the dole?
2 distribution, apportionment, allocation, dispensation:
The money was given to the disaster victims by dole.
3 give (out), deal (out), distribute, hand out, mete out, share (out), dispense, allot, allocate, apportion, Colloq dish out:
They dole out the reparations on the basis of need.
VERB + DOLE
claim, go on, sign on
She lost her job and had to claim dole. As soon as he was made redundant, he signed on the dole.
| draw, get
The factory closure will mean another few hundred people drawing the dole.
DOLE + NOUN
money | queue
School leavers were joining the dole queue every day.
off the ~
Many had come off the dole and set up their own small businesses.
| on the ~
She was on the dole for three years before she got a job.
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