deliver

verb
de·liv·er | \di-ˈli-vər, dē-\
delivered; delivering\-v(ə-)riŋ \

Definition of deliver 

transitive verb

1 : to set free and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)

2a : 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

c : to send, provide, or make accessible to someone electronically deliver an e-mail/text message Have the information delivered to you via e-mail, cell phone, pager, instant messaging, or just on a Web page that you set up.— Irene B. McDermott When Netflix entered the European market in 2012, some national telecom companies forced it to pay "tolls" to deliver content to customers.— Liz Alderman and Amie Tsang

3a(1) : to assist (a pregnant female) in giving birth The doctor delivered several women.

(2) : to aid in the birth of delivered a baby

b : to give birth to His wife delivered a healthy baby girl.

c : to cause (oneself) to produce as if by giving birth has delivered himself of half an autobiography— H. C. Schonberg

4 : speak, sing, utter delivered a fiery sermon to the congregation deliver a song deliver a speech

5 : to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination ability to deliver nuclear warheads delivered a fastball

6a : to bring (something, such as votes) to the support of a candidate or cause … were counting on Mr. Cisneros to deliver the Hispanic vote for Michael Dukakis.— Alfredo Corchado

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 a hitter who can deliver in the clutch

deliver the goods

: to give results that are promised, expected, or desired

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Other Words from deliver

deliverability \-ˌli-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ noun
deliverable \-ˈli-v(ə-)rə-bəl \ adjective
deliverer \-ˈli-vər-ər \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for deliver

rescue, deliver, redeem, ransom, reclaim, save mean to set free from confinement or danger. rescue implies freeing from imminent danger by prompt or vigorous action. rescued the crew of a sinking ship deliver implies release usually of a person from confinement, temptation, slavery, or suffering. delivered his people from bondage redeem implies releasing from bondage or penalties by giving what is demanded or necessary. job training designed to redeem school dropouts from chronic unemployment ransom specifically applies to buying out of captivity. tried to ransom the kidnap victim reclaim suggests a bringing back to a former state or condition of someone or something abandoned or debased. reclaimed long-abandoned farms save may replace any of the foregoing terms; it may further imply a preserving or maintaining for usefulness or continued existence. an operation that saved my life

Examples of deliver in a Sentence

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.
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The invitation delivered, poor Mary is then driven to the American hospital to have the cast on her ankle removed. Dana Snitzky, Longreads, "Hemingway’s Last Girl," 12 July 2018 At the time of its conception, it was considered mainly to be an oral work delivered to a listening public. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Oldest Known Section of 'The Odyssey' Found on Clay Tablet," 11 July 2018 The salmon was harvested by the state and delivered by the feds. Anna Rose Macarthur, Anchorage Daily News, "Far from Anchorage where Cassandra Tinker was killed, a family cuts fish and grieves," 10 July 2018 And now, the AMD licensing deal—which leverages both a licensing deal and a joint venture to allow the use of x86 intellectual property—is delivering what could be the first step toward a domestic high-performance server platform. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "China producing x86 chips nearly identical to AMD server processors," 9 July 2018 And while the body of publicly available information about the Russia scandal is already extensive, the way it has been delivered — scoop after scoop of discrete nuggets of information — has been disorienting and difficult to follow. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 This program is expected to include a series of monthly workshops delivered by Orthodox women who are considered experts in their respective fields. Sergio Carmona, Jewish Journal, "Synagogue's new women's program receives grant from OU," 6 July 2018 With one out on the board and Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar on first, Minnesota’s right-hander Kyle Gibson delivered a pitch Travis Shaw, who hit a grounder and was out at first. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "Minnesota Twins took the long route on this crazy double play," 3 July 2018 Clifford and Taylor gave Neuqua an chance in the eighth, with Clifford delivering a double with one out and Taylor eventually driving him in. Blake Baumgartner, Naperville Sun, "Middle men: Nick Taylor and Nolan Clifford answer call but Neuqua Valley loses in eight innings," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of deliver

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for deliver

Middle English, from Anglo-French deliverer, delivrer, from Late Latin deliberare, from Latin de- + liberare to liberate

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deliver

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deliver

: 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

deliver

verb
de·liv·er | \di-ˈli-vər \
delivered; delivering

Kids Definition of deliver

1 : to take and give to or leave for another deliver a letter This restaurant delivers.

2 : to set free : rescue They were delivered from their captors.

3 : to give birth to or help in giving birth to deliver a baby

4 : say entry 1 sense 1 deliver a speech

5 : to send to an intended target deliver a pitch

6 : to do what is expected He delivered on all his promises.

Other Words from deliver

deliverer noun

deliver

verb
de·liv·er | \di-ˈliv-ər \
delivered; delivering\-(ə-)riŋ \

Medical Definition of deliver 

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : 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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deliver

transitive verb
de·liv·er
delivered; delivering

Legal Definition of deliver 

: to transfer possession of (property) to another : put into the possession or exclusive control of another a deed must be delivered to be effective— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al. — see also gift — compare bail, convey, donate, give, sell

Other Words from deliver

deliverable adjective

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