de·liv·er verb \di-ˈli-vər, dē-\
: 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>
Examples of DELIVER
- The package was delivered to the office this morning.
- She delivers the mail on my street.
- They are having the furniture delivered next week.
- The supermarket delivers groceries for free within 30 miles of the store.
- “Does the restaurant deliver?” “No, you have to pick up the food yourself.”
- He will deliver the speech at noon.
- The actors delivered their lines with passion.
- The jury is expected to deliver a verdict later today.
- The judge delivered a warning to the protesters.
- 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-
First Known Use: 13th century
Related to DELIVER
- save, redeem
- adventure, compromise, endanger, gamble (with), hazard, imperil, jeopardize, peril, risk, venture
See Synonym Discussion at rescue
de·liv·er verb \di-ˈliv-ər\ (Medical Dictionary)
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>
: to give birth to offspring <patients that repeatedly deliver prematurely present special problems>
Seen & Heard
What made you want to look up deliver? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).