deliver

verb
de·​liv·​er | \ di-ˈli-vər How to pronounce deliver (audio) , dē- \
delivered; delivering\ di-​ˈli-​v(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce delivering (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 e-mail/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 deliverability (audio) , dē-​ \ noun
deliverable \ di-​ˈli-​v(ə-​)rə-​bəl How to pronounce deliverable (audio) , dē-​ \ adjective
deliverer \ di-​ˈli-​vər-​ər How to pronounce deliverer (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 Canada, Sweden and other countries whose citizens were killed have increased demands on Tehran to deliver a complete and transparent investigation against the backdrop of fresh US sanctions on Iran and a dangerous escalation with Washington. Vasco Cotovio, CNN, "Iran's sole female Olympic medalist says she's defected," 12 Jan. 2020 The president is set to deliver his State of the Union Address on Feb. 4. NBC News, "When will Trump's Senate trial start and how long will it last? The picture begins to take shape.," 10 Jan. 2020 The House drafted its own version of the bill that put limits on the amount of time children could be held in custody, reduced funding for ICE, and mandated new protocols for CBP to deliver medical care and supplies to migrants. Aaron Cantú, The New Republic, "How Democrats Abetted Trump’s Bloated Border Regime," 7 Jan. 2020 The Canadian government would also get royalties from some sales, though in truth those royalties were never expected to deliver much. Helen Branswell, STAT, "‘Against all odds’: The inside story of how scientists across three continents produced an Ebola vaccine," 7 Jan. 2020 The Pieces Iris software aims to deliver improved community services to patients based on their social and economic environment. Dom Difurio, Dallas News, "Dallas startup raises $25.7 million to launch hospital readmission-reducing software nationwide," 7 Jan. 2020 In the second part of the video, a RAAF C-130J Super Hercules was attempting to land at Merimbula in New South Wales to deliver firefighters. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Fighting Australia's Bushfires Looks Like Flying Through Hell," 7 Jan. 2020 One of his neighbors was a baker, and Hugo can recall happy mornings traveling in the back of the man’s pickup to deliver fresh bread around town. David Wolman, Outside Online, "The Man Who Chases Auroras to Push Away Darkness," 6 Jan. 2020 The Japanese sub believed to have delivered the fatal blow was found one month later. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "Don Howison, the oldest remaining survivor of USS Indianapolis, dead at 98," 6 Jan. 2020

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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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The first known use of deliver was in the 13th century

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15 Jan 2020

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“Deliver.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delivers. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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deliver

verb
How to pronounce deliver (audio)

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 delivering (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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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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