de·liv·ery | \ di-ˈli-v(ə-)rē , 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

The Aurora location offers carry-out, delivery and catering. Jessie Spangler, Aurora Beacon-News, "Lou Malnati's now open in Aurora," 14 July 2018 In other news: Police are searching for a food delivery man who stole nearly two dozen packages from the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood. Steve Burns, ajc, "Man accused of kidnapping woman from Georgia car parts plant, raping her," 13 July 2018 At a time when people are thinking about care delivery in entirely new ways, an insider’s understanding of what high-quality care really means provides a humane, non-replicable, competitive leadership advantage. Alexi Nazem, STAT, "Health care needs more physician CEOs like Atul Gawande," 13 July 2018 Opposition also came from carryout and delivery businesses, which have lower check averages and profit margins. Lorraine Mirabella,, "More eateries, businesses do away with plastic straws," 13 July 2018 Rents for the dwindling amount of industrial space inside cities are soaring as online retailers like Inc. seek local hubs to cut delivery times. Fortune, "This Is London's Hottest Property — Thanks to Amazon," 13 July 2018 There's something fundamentally broken about news delivery as a process. Emily Dreyfuss, WIRED, "Judd Legum Wants to Fix News With a Newsletter," 12 July 2018 Bell Helicopter is getting into the drone delivery business Advertisement Bell Helicopter is ready to jump head-first into unmanned aerial vehicles. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Bell just got a big military aircraft contract. Will Fort Worth get any new jobs?," 12 July 2018 The latest to cut ties with the popular pizza delivery chain: the Miami Marlins. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "What do the Miami Marlins think of Papa John’s founder’s apology? You’re out!," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of delivery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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 , -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 \
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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