verb de·liv·er \ di-ˈli-vər , dē- \
Updated on: 16 Jan 2018

Definition of deliver

delivered; delivering play \-v(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 : to set free
  • and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil
  • —Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)
2 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
3 a (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
6 a : 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


play \-ˌli-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun


play \-ˈli-v(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective


play \-ˈli-vər-ər\ noun
deliver the goods
: to give results that are promised, expected, or desired

Examples of deliver in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of deliver

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

deliver Synonyms

Synonym Discussion of 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

DELIVER Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of deliver for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids


verb de·liv·er \ di-ˈli-vər \

Definition of deliver for Students

delivered; delivering
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 : 1say 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.



Medical Dictionary


verb de·liv·er \ di-ˈliv-ər \

medical Definition of deliver

delivered; delivering play \-(ə-)riŋ\
transitive verb
1 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
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

Law Dictionary


transitive verb de·liv·er

legal Definition of deliver

delivered; delivering
: 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



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