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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One day, Chuck, who was working for a grocery chain, made a delivery to Keene State Teachers College (now Keene State College) in New Hampshire, and wandered over to the industrial arts building. Anne M. Hamilton,, "He Brought His Skill For Teaching, Knack For Colonial Buildings To Coventry," 15 July 2018 In 2014, Savioke introduced its first Relay robots that make room-service deliveries to guests in hotels. Mike Freeman,, "San Diego's Brain Corp. invests in robotics startup to push its AI tech into new industries," 5 July 2018 Strong said the ordinance has an exemption if a truck is making a delivery. Craig Lyons, Post-Tribune, "Lake County advances vehicle weight limit regulation," 5 July 2018 The test program, announced Thursday, could make Kroger the first US grocer to make deliveries with robotic cars that won’t have a human riding along to take control in case something goes wrong., "Rubius Therapeutics to build manufacturing facility in R.I.," 29 June 2018 At the time, Chestnut was closed to vehicular traffic, making the delivery of furniture and other office supplies a mostly nights-and-weekends affair requiring roundabout routes and driving the wrong direction on the one-way street. Diane Mastrull,, "Why patient transport firm RoundTrip moved to the middle of a Philly fire zone," 15 June 2018 Their father, John Dean, returned from World War II and began making deliveries for Neuenfeldt Frog Legs in Detroit before he was invited into the Superior Fish partnership in the 1950s. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings fans' octopus source is going out of business," 14 June 2018 When combined with his deadpan delivery and wry sense of humor, each obstacle to overcome or hoop to jump through takes on a life of its own. Alexis Burling,, "‘I Will Be Complete,’ by Glen David Gold," 21 June 2018 And also with Berkot’s (Super Foods), which does our grocery delivery. Donna Vickroy, Daily Southtown, "Cooking classes, camps and events offered for kids and adults at newly opened Farmhouse Academy in Mokena," 19 June 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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