verb de·liv·er \di-ˈli-vər, dē-\

Definition of deliver




play \-v(ə-)riŋ\
  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to set free and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Matthew 6:13 (AV)

  3. 2a :  to take and hand over to or leave for another :  convey deliver a packageb :  hand over, surrender delivered the prisoners to the sheriff delivered themselves over to God

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

  6. 5 :  to send (something aimed or guided) to an intended target or destination ability to deliver nuclear warheads delivered a fastball

  7. 6a :  to bring (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

  8. intransitive verb
  9. :  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

  1. :  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.

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 century

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


verb de·liv·er \di-ˈli-vər, dē-\

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




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

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

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

  4. 4 :  1say 1 deliver a speech

  5. 5 :  to send to an intended target deliver a pitch

  6. 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




  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. a:  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

  4. 2:  to give birth to she delivered a pair of healthy twins after a short labor

  5. intransitive verb

  6. :  to give birth to offspring patients that repeatedly deliver prematurely present special problems

Law Dictionary


transitive verb de·liv·er

Legal Definition of deliver



  1. :  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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