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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
  1. noun
    a line that indicates a boundary
    synonyms: border, borderline, boundary line, delimitation
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    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
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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
  2. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    reallot
    allot again
    deal
    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
    misdeal
    deal cards wrongly
    tread
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    administer
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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