Definition of deliver
1 : to set free and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)
3a (1) : to assist (a pregnant female) in giving birth The doctor delivered several women. (2) : to aid in the birth of delivered a babyb : 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
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 Corchadob : to come through with : produce can deliver the best results the new car delivers high gas mileage
: 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
deliverabilityplay \-ˌli-v(ə-)rə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun
deliverableplay \-ˈli-v(ə-)rə-bəl\ adjective
delivererplay \-ˈli-vər-ər\ noun
deliver the goods
: to give results that are promised, expected, or desired
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.
Recent Examples of deliver from the Web
As James Hohmann notes, many of them are red states taking a conservative, federalist hard line against delivering people's data to the White House.
The proposal strikes a delicate balance on federal renewable fuel mandates by delivering a modest win to Midwest corn farmers supplying the bulk of traditional ethanol at the expense of companies producing next-generation alternatives.
Philippe pledged to stop increasing the number of state employees, to focus the government on its main priorities and to stop spending money on policies that don’t deliver results.
Just visit discovery.com/letters-to-the-browns, write a note, and Discovery will print it out and deliver it to the Browns.
Suarez retreated to the bag and Votto delivered a throw, but Russell seemingly swam past the tag to get a finger on the base.
Akins Furniture delivers to Birmingham, Huntsville, Chattanooga and to places in Georgia.
Planned Parenthood supporters delivered petitions with 50,000 signatures to the Royals on Friday demanding the team cut ties with an anti-abortion group that advertises during games.
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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
First Known Use: 13th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonym Discussion of deliver
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
Definition of deliver for Students
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 Definition of deliver
transitive verba: to assist (a parturient female) in giving birth she was delivered of a fine boyb: 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
Legal Definition of deliver
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