Dole is a charitable donation or support, like the dole governments provide to victims of natural disasters. Dole is also a verb meaning "distribute," so you might dole out your leftover Halloween candy to your little sisters.

In Britain, unemployment benefits and other government aid is commonly known as "the dole." In the U.S., the noun dole is rare, but when it's used it means "any charitable gift." When local businesses hold a toy drive during the winter holidays, those donations are dole given to needy families. As a verb, dole is most commonly used in the phrasal verb "dole out," although you'll sometimes see it used on its own.

Definitions of dole
  1. noun
    a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
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    type of:
    part, percentage, portion, share
    assets belonging to or due to or contributed by an individual person or group
  2. noun
    money received from the state
    synonyms: pogey, pogy
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    type of:
    public assistance, social welfare, welfare
    governmental provision of economic assistance to persons in need
  3. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    allot again
    distribute cards to the players in a game
    apply, give
    give or convey physically
    allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    allocate, apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    deal cards wrongly
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
    type of:
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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