dole
I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English dāl portion — more at deal Date: before 12th century 1. archaic one's allotted share, portion, or destiny 2. a. (1) a giving or distribution of food, money, or clothing to the needy (2) a grant of government funds to the unemployed b. something distributed at intervals to the needy; also handout 1 c. something portioned out bit by bit II. transitive verb (doled; doling) Date: 15th century to give or distribute as a charity — usually used with out III. noun Etymology: Middle English dol, from Anglo-French duel, dol, from Late Latin dolus, alteration of Latin dolor Date: 13th century archaic grief, sorrow

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