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 Her café struggled through by selling takeout and delivery. Star Tribune, "Australia's second-largest city ends 111-day virus lockdown," 28 Oct. 2020 The Amex Green also earns 3 points per dollar on travel and at restaurants worldwide (including takeout and delivery), and 1 point per dollar on all other purchases. Julian Kheel, CNN Underscored, "American Express adds new Uber Eats perks to Green, Gold and Platinum cards," 26 Oct. 2020 Bars and restaurants are limited to takeout and delivery. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "Ireland Is the First European Country to Return to Nationwide Shutdown," 22 Oct. 2020 The Bombay Frankie Company is open at Westfield Mall in Culver City for takeout and delivery. Garrett Snyder Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Swingers coffee shop will reopen on Beverly; Nancy Silverton debuts an Italian steakhouse in Hollywood," 20 Oct. 2020 The store will have 40 to 50 employees to handle the takeout and delivery business. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "Lou Malnati's is finally in the Indianapolis area. Here's the deep dish on the pizzeria.," 19 Oct. 2020 To the chef, that means a menu full of fresh takes on old favorites, perfected for this new era of takeout and delivery. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, "My Perfect Nice Day Order Includes, Uh, One of Everything," 19 Oct. 2020 With many consumers continuing to avoid dining out, Buffalo Wild Wings is planning to open two San Antonio locations solely for takeout and delivery., "Express Briefing: University Health System, facing financial challenges, keeps growing," 16 Oct. 2020 That's because more diners, uncomfortable with dining in, are relying on takeout and delivery from restaurants. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Ghost kitchens Fiesta Panda, a Mexican-Asian restaurant, and Big Wings open in Milwaukee," 9 Oct. 2020

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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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31 Oct 2020

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“Delivery.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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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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