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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Recent Examples on the Web Wild Things Botanical gives flowers to go along with each delivery. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "How a chef learned that home-cooked meals provide more than one kind of nourishment," 2 May 2021 Biden’s delivery, heavy with improvisation, only slightly enlivened a prosaic and unoriginal text. Matthew Continetti, National Review, "Biden’s 100 Days of Hubris," 1 May 2021 That’s based on the flurry of phone calls and activity on its Facebook page after a beer delivery truck arrived earlier in the week. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Businesses cautiously prepare to boost operations as Anchorage lifts most COVID-19 restrictions," 1 May 2021 When the pandemic hit, Herminia Reyes pivoted to delivery services and relied on the drive-through window at her restaurant, Alfredo’s Mexican Food. Los Angeles Times, "Businesses in majority-white communities received PPP loans at higher rates, analysis shows," 1 May 2021 But in the face of vaccine hoarding by rich countries and disruption of supplies, COVAX has struggled to keep up with its delivery schedule. Laura Smith-spark, CNN, "The world is in the midst of its worst Covid crisis so far. It didn't have to be this way," 1 May 2021 And while dining out options may be limited in your area due to COVID-19, take out or delivery options are a great way to treat yourself to a fancy dinner at home. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "It’s Mental Health Awareness month. How to treat yourself with some self-care," 1 May 2021 Skateboards, hoverboards, e-bikes, Citi Bikes, cargo bikes, Heelys, Onewheels, electric scooters, pedicabs—to say nothing of taxis, buses, garbage haulers, ambulances, and delivery trucks. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, "The Great New York City Roller-Skating Boom," 1 May 2021 Well, Leon is the member of Dom's crew who loves to wear generic basketball jerseys and yell at pizza delivery guys. Derek Lawrence,, "Vin Diesel reveals why he wanted to do The Fast and the Furious, and then why he almost didn't," 30 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of delivery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of delivery was in the 15th century

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5 May 2021

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“Delivery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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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


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


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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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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