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

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 To calculate delivery times for UPS services, visit its website. Malak Silmi, San Antonio Express-News, 29 Nov. 2021 Other devices like oxygen concentrators face months-long delays, compared with typical delivery times of one to two weeks. Kristen Hwang, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Nov. 2021 Everything from labor shortages to manufacturing delays has caused a spike in freight costs and longer delivery times. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 26 Nov. 2021 Labor shortages aren’t helping either, and inventory levels and delivery times continue to deteriorate. Amelia Pollard, Fortune, 24 Nov. 2021 For wines going from California to most states, delivery times have increased from seven days to about 16 days, and in the furthest states, such as Florida, times increased from 30 days to 38 days. The Washington Post, Arkansas Online, 21 Nov. 2021 And for the wines Delicato imports, 30-day delivery times are now 90 days to customers. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2021 Wasserman Schultz was among the Democratic lawmakers raising questions about Postal Service delivery times last year. Anthony Man,, 12 Nov. 2021 With huge cash reserves, these companies can now fund long-term research and development for autonomous, electric drones that promise to slash delivery times and accelerate urban mobility. Nicolás Rivero, Quartz, 10 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of delivery

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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7 Dec 2021

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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


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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Britannica English: Translation of delivery for Arabic Speakers


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