August 11, 2012
- dole (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to give out as charity2 : to give or deliver in small portions : parcel -- usually used with "out"
- How do you use it?
- We all wanted second helpings, so Mom doled out what was left of the apple pie and ice cream.
- Are you a word wiz?
"Dole" has more than its share of synonyms. Which of the sets below contains synonyms of "dole"?"Distribute," "dispense," and "divide" are all synonyms of "dole." "Dole" usually suggests a carefully measured portion that is just barely enough or too little. ("She doled out the last of the Halloween candy to the group of trick-or-treaters.") "Distribute" suggests that the things being given out are divided into parts, units, or amounts. ("Mrs. Smith distributed the instruments to her students.") "Dispense" implies giving something that is carefully measured out. ("The candy machine dispenses two gum balls for a nickel.") "Divide" stresses the splitting of a whole into equal parts.