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English verb: dish out

1. dish out (possession) administer or bestow, as in small portions

SamplesAdminister critical remarks to everyone present.
Dole out some money.
Shell out pocket money for the children.
Deal a blow to someone.
The machine dispenses soft drinks.

Synonymsadminister, allot, deal, deal out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)give

Narrower (hyponym)allot, apply, assign, deal, give, portion, reallot

2. dish out (consumption) provide (usually but not necessarily food)

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

ExamplesThe chefs dish out the vegetables

Synonymsdish, dish up, serve, serve up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cater, ply, provide, supply

Narrower (hyponym)plank

Verb grouphelp, serve

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