delivery

noun
de·​liv·​ery | \ di-ˈli-v(ə-)rē How to pronounce delivery (audio) , dē-\
plural deliveries

Definition of delivery

: the act or manner of delivering something also : something delivered

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Examples of delivery in a Sentence

The delivery is scheduled for this morning. The company offers free delivery with orders over $100. Someone has to be home to accept delivery of the package. Allow six weeks for delivery. The baby weighed almost seven pounds at the time of delivery. The doctor expects it to be a routine delivery. The doctor has had three deliveries today. The joke was funny, but his delivery was terrible. I need to work on my delivery before I give the speech.
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Expect to spend at least $75 on a dozen roses, estimates Grotts, but online flower delivery services are more competitively priced. Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping, "Experts Reveal How Much You Should Actually Spend on Mother's Day Gifts," 4 May 2019 Early last week, Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company would cover the full tax credit for customers whose Teslas arrived after the December 31 deadline, if the customer was promised a pre-January 1 delivery date. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Report: Tesla has more than 3,300 Model 3s remaining in US inventory," 31 Dec. 2018 As troubling as postpartum complications like mine are, the risks associated with premature delivery mean expecting mothers dealing with severe gallstone pain face a doubly hard situation. Kate Wehr, Good Housekeeping, "Gallstones Are the Pregnancy Complication No One Warned Me About," 18 Apr. 2019 But the infection can still cause serious side effects, including miscarriage, stillbirth, premature delivery, or a life-threatening illness in the newborn. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Avocados Recalled in 6 States for Possible Listeria Contamination," 25 Mar. 2019 From Amazon buying Whole Foods to the surge in online delivery platforms to the fact that no one actually has time to cook, the do-it-yourself meal-kit concept is hurting. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Cliff Diving at Blue Apron," 6 Apr. 2019 The first delivery halt was prompted by detection of debris in ten aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 That delivery was a success, and those trees ended up at the White House and the Tidal Basin in D.C. The first cherry blossom trees in D.C. were planted in 1912. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 What's more: All orders placed by noon on the respective festival days will receive same-day delivery at no additional cost. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Amazon Just Made Shopping for Coachella Way Easier With Its First Festival-Inspired Storefront," 27 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of delivery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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delivery

noun

English Language Learners Definition of delivery

: the act of taking something to a person or place
: something that is taken to a person or place : something that is delivered
: the act or process of giving birth

delivery

noun
de·​liv·​ery | \ di-ˈli-və-rē How to pronounce delivery (audio) , -ˈli-vrē\
plural deliveries

Kids Definition of delivery

1 : the transfer of something from one place or person to another delivery of the mail
2 : a setting free from something that restricts or burdens We prayed for delivery from our troubles.
3 : the act of giving birth
4 : speaking or manner of speaking (as of a formal speech) His passionate delivery stirred the audience.
5 : the act or way of throwing an underhand delivery

delivery

noun
de·​liv·​ery | \ di-ˈliv-(ə-)rē How to pronounce delivery (audio) \
plural deliveries

Medical Definition of delivery

1 : the act of giving birth : the expulsion or extraction of a fetus and its membranes : parturition
2 : the procedure of assisting birth of the fetus and expulsion of the placenta by manual, instrumental, or surgical means

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delivery

noun
de·​liv·​ery
plural deliveries

Legal Definition of delivery

: an act that shows a transferor's intent to make a transfer of property (as a gift) especially : the transfer of possession or exclusive control of property to another
actual delivery
: a delivery (as by hand or shipment) of actual physical property (as jewelry or stock certificates)
conditional delivery
: a delivery after which ownership will be transferred upon fulfillment of a condition — compare gift causa mortis at gift

Note: A conditional delivery is usually made in order to make a transfer revocable.

constructive delivery
: a delivery of a representation of property (as a written instrument) or means of possession (as a key) that is construed by a court as sufficient to show the transferor's intent or to put the property under the transferee's control

called also symbolic delivery

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