deliver

verb
de·​liv·​er | \ di-ˈli-vər How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē- \
delivered; delivering\ di-​ˈli-​v(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē-​ \

Definition of deliver

transitive verb

1 : to set free and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil — Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)
2a : 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
c : to send, provide, or make accessible to someone electronically deliver an email/text message Have the information delivered to you via e-mail, cell phone, pager, instant messaging, or just on a Web page that you set up.— Irene B. McDermott When Netflix entered the European market in 2012, some national telecom companies forced it to pay "tolls" to deliver content to customers.— Liz Alderman and Amie Tsang
3a(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
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 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
deliver the goods
: to give results that are promised, expected, or desired

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Other Words from deliver

deliverability \ di-​ˌli-​v(ə-​)rə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
deliverable \ di-​ˈli-​v(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
deliverer \ di-​ˈli-​vər-​ər How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē-​ \ noun

Synonyms for deliver

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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

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Paul didn't single handedly deliver Phoenix its first win of the season over the Clippers (43-21). Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "Phoenix Suns: Look back at clinching playoff berth, ahead to showdown vs. NBA-leading Utah Jazz," 30 Apr. 2021 Bloomscape will deliver indoor and outdoor container plants to your door along with tips to keep them healthy. oregonlive, "Sprinkler pots, grow bags and other garden containers great for a small yard, patio or balcony are on sale in time for spring planting," 30 Apr. 2021 Four of the five babies the Olmsted Township fire department helped deliver within the last two years were born in the township’s squad/ambulance. cleveland, "Scouts honor firefighters/medics as their heroes: Olmsted Dates and Data," 30 Apr. 2021 This is an area where Arm’s partners have shown an ability to deliver higher performance levels at a fraction of the TDP and a fraction of the cost. Matt Kimball, Forbes, "Arm Continues Its Enterprise Push With Neoverse Next Gen," 28 Apr. 2021 His big proposals so far have been light on innovation and heavy on investment in the ability of federal agencies to deliver relief and, optimally, a springboard to lower- and middle-class Americans. NBC news, "Biden’s 100-day bet," 26 Apr. 2021 But his ability to deliver on major Democratic priorities beyond his spending plans remains a question mark. Los Angeles Times, "In his first 100 days, ‘Uncle Joe’ Biden combines progressive goals and a reassuring manner," 25 Apr. 2021 Lauren Lane, the actress who plays C.C., is best remembered on the show for her ability to deliver biting zingers, while her physical performances often go under the radar. Rebecca Caplan, Vulture, "15 Essential Episodes of The Nanny," 23 Apr. 2021 What was on trial was not merely one officer but the entire U.S. legal system and its ability to deliver equal justice in a nation built in part on the subjugation of Black people. Star Tribune, "The system worked, but it doesn't vindicate policing," 21 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of deliver

13th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for deliver

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

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“Deliver.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/deliver. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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deliver

verb

English Language Learners Definition of deliver

: 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

verb
de·​liv·​er | \ di-ˈli-vər How to pronounce deliver (audio) \
delivered; delivering

Kids Definition of deliver

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 : say entry 1 sense 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.

Other Words from deliver

deliverer noun

deliver

verb
de·​liv·​er | \ di-ˈliv-ər How to pronounce deliver (audio) \
delivered; delivering\ -​(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce deliver (audio) \

Medical Definition of deliver

transitive verb

1a : 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

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deliver

transitive verb
de·​liv·​er
delivered; delivering

Legal Definition of deliver

: 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

Other Words from deliver

deliverable adjective

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