1. [ verb ] administer or bestow, as in small portions
Synonyms: distribute deal dispense allot administer dole_out deal_out shell_out parcel_out lot mete_out

"administer critical remarks to everyone present" "dole out some money" "shell out pocket money for the children" "deal a blow to someone"

Related terms: give assign give deal reallot dispenser allotment dispenser deal allocator distributor
2. [ verb ] (food) provide (usually but not necessarily food)
Synonyms: serve serve_up dish_up dish

"We serve meals for the homeless" "She dished out the soup at 8 P.M." "The entertainers served up a lively show"

Related terms: provide plank serve dish
Similar spelling:   dig_out