- mete out
- verbadminister or bestow, as in small portions-
administer 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• Syn:↑distribute, ↑administer, ↑deal, ↑parcel out, ↑lot, ↑dispense, ↑shell out, ↑deal out, ↑dish out, ↑allot, ↑dole out• Derivationally related forms:↑allotment (for: ↑allot), ↑dispensation (for: ↑dispense), ↑dispenser (for: ↑dispense), ↑deal (for: ↑deal), ↑distribution (for: ↑distribute), ↑distributor (for: ↑distribute), ↑distributer (for: ↑distribute)• Hypernyms: ↑give• Hyponyms:• Verb Frames:-
Somebody ——s something-
Somebody ——s something to somebody
* * *ˌmete ˈout [transitive] [present tense I/you/we/they mete out he/she/it metes out present participle meting out past tense meted out past participle meted out] formal phrasal verbto give a punishment to someone
The same treatment should be meted out to politicians who break the rules.Main entry: mete
* * *mete out [phrasal verb]mete (something) out or mete out (something) : to give (something) to the people who you decide should get it : to give out or distribute (something)
We're trying to be fair in meting out rewards and punishments.— usually used to refer to something unpleasant (such as punishment)
Huge fines were meted out as punishment.
The king meted out justice as he saw fit.• • •Main Entry: ↑mete
Useful english dictionary. 2012.