verb de·liv·er \di-ˈli-vər, dē-\

: to take (something) to a person or place

: to say (something) officially or publicly : to present (a speech, statement, etc.) to a group of people

: to do what you say you will do or what people expect you to do : to produce the promised, wanted, or expected results

de·liv·eredde·liv·er·ing \-v(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of DELIVER

transitive verb
:  to set free <and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Matthew 6:13(Authorized Version)>
a :  to take and hand over to or leave for another :  convey <deliver a package>
b :  hand over, surrender <delivered the prisoners to the sheriff> <delivered themselves over to God>
a (1) :  to assist in giving birth (2) :  to aid in the birth of
b :  to give birth to
c :  to cause (oneself) to produce as if by giving birth <has delivered himself of half an autobiography — H. C. Schonberg>
:  speak, sing, utter <delivered their lines with style> <deliver a song> <deliver a speech>
:  to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination <ability to deliver nuclear warheads> <delivered a fastball>
a :  to bring (as votes) to the support of a candidate or cause
b :  to come through with :  produce <can deliver the best results> <the new car delivers high gas mileage>
intransitive verb
:  to produce the promised, desired, or expected results :  come through <can't deliver on all these promises>
de·liv·er·abil·i·ty \-ˌli-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
de·liv·er·able \-ˈli-v(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
de·liv·er·er \-ˈli-vər-ər\ noun
deliver the goods
:  to give results that are promised, expected, or desired

Examples of DELIVER

  1. The package was delivered to the office this morning.
  2. She delivers the mail on my street.
  3. They are having the furniture delivered next week.
  4. The supermarket delivers groceries for free within 30 miles of the store.
  5. Does the restaurant deliver? No, you have to pick up the food yourself.
  6. He will deliver the speech at noon.
  7. The actors delivered their lines with passion.
  8. The jury is expected to deliver a verdict later today.
  9. The judge delivered a warning to the protesters.
  10. The novel delivers an inspiring look into the life and ideas of Gandhi.

Origin of DELIVER

Middle English, from Anglo-French deliverer, delivrer, from Late Latin deliberare, from Latin de- + liberare to liberate
First Known Use: 13th century


verb de·liv·er \di-ˈliv-ər\   (Medical Dictionary)
de·liv·eredde·liv·er·ing \-(ə-)riŋ\

Medical Definition of DELIVER

transitive verb
a :  to assist (a parturient female) in giving birth <she was delivered of a fine boy> b :  to aid in the birth of <sometimes it is necessary to deliver a child with forceps>
:  to give birth to <she delivered a pair of healthy twins after a short labor>
intransitive verb
:  to give birth to offspring <patients that repeatedly deliver prematurely present special problems>


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