delivery

noun
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

From Amazon buying Whole Foods to the surge in online delivery platforms to the fact that no one actually has time to cook, the do-it-yourself meal-kit concept is hurting. Laura Forman, WSJ, "Cliff Diving at Blue Apron," 6 Apr. 2019 The first delivery halt was prompted by detection of debris in ten aircraft. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Stops Deliveries of Trash-Filled KC-46 Tankers Yet Again," 3 Apr. 2019 That delivery was a success, and those trees ended up at the White House and the Tidal Basin in D.C. The first cherry blossom trees in D.C. were planted in 1912. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "How Cherry Blossoms Became the Most Celebrated Event of the Spring," 2 Apr. 2019 What's more: All orders placed by noon on the respective festival days will receive same-day delivery at no additional cost. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Amazon Just Made Shopping for Coachella Way Easier With Its First Festival-Inspired Storefront," 27 Mar. 2019 In addition to other at-home care, like OTC painkillers and ice packs, sitz baths can help to relieve pain after a vaginal delivery, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 The officer saw keys still in the ignition and the two delivery truck workers said Angelier was the vehicle’s only occupant. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New Berlin man's BAC almost three times legal limit, police say," 13 July 2018 There's also the fact that social media (as a news delivery source) can feel so intimate. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "What Is Fake News and How Can I Spot It?," 25 Mar. 2019 Arguably the best perk of the service is its delivery options. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "You Can Now Get Designers' Most Iconic Looks in Your Own Home," 14 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of delivery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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delivery

noun

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

delivery

noun
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

delivery

noun
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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delivery

noun
de·​liv·​ery
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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