mete

If you "mete out" something (the word is usually followed by "out"), it means you dish it out in very careful measured amounts. Anyone who metes out their love probably isn't someone you want to have a relationship with.

Another word often used interchangeably with mete is dole, though there are slight differences in meaning: dole suggests a more lavish, unthinking form of activity than the more stingy and controlled mete, and while some nice things (like compassion or love) can be "doled out," it's very rare that anything pleasant or happy is "meted out."

DEFINITIONS OF: mete

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n a line that indicates a boundary

Synonyms:
border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation
Examples:
Green Line
the border marking the boundaries of the land that Israel won in its 1948 war of independence
Line of Control
a 450-mile line that is supposed to indicate the boundary between the part of Kashmir controlled by India and the part controlled by Pakistan
Mason and Dixon's line
the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania; symbolic dividing line between North and South before the American Civil War
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circuit, circumference
the boundary line encompassing an area or object
fence line
a boundary line created by a fence
property line
the boundary line between two pieces of property
state boundary, state line
the boundary between two states
Type of:
bound, boundary, bounds
the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something
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