- to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients: to deliver mail; to deliver a package.
- to give into another's possession or keeping; surrender: to deliver a prisoner to the police; to deliver a bond.
- to bring (votes) to the support of a candidate or a cause.
- to give forth in words; utter or pronounce: to deliver a verdict; to deliver a speech.
- to give forth or emit: The oil well delivers 500 barrels a day.
- to strike or throw: to deliver a blow.
- to set free or liberate: The Israelites were delivered from bondage.
- to release or save: Deliver me from such tiresome people!
- to assist (a female) in bringing forth young: The doctor delivered her of twins.
- to assist at the birth of: The doctor delivered the baby.
- to give birth to: She delivered twins at 4 a.m.
- to disburden (oneself) of thoughts, opinions, etc.
- to make known; assert.
- to give birth.
- to provide a delivery service for goods and products: The store delivers free of charge.
- to do or carry out as promised: an ad agency known for delivering when a successful campaign is needed.
- Archaic. agile; quick.
Origin of deliver
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Examples from the Web for deliver
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.Obama’s Pot Policy Is Refer Madness
January 5, 2015
So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.ISIS Fight Has a Spy Shortage, Intel Chair Says
January 2, 2015
Koenig proceeds to deliver her deeply conflicted, sorta-kinda support for Adnan.Adnan Killed Her! No, Jay Did It! Serial’s Uncertain, True-to-Reality End
December 18, 2014
Despite general good intentions, however, even good physicians can deliver care that falls short.Why So Many Surgeons Are Psychos
December 17, 2014
They were there to put on a show and deliver a message: behold, we are a technological power with which to be reckoned!Sony Hack: A Dictator Move?
December 14, 2014
Will you deliver your message, name your place and hour, and I shall meet you.
In trusting too much in government, we have asked of it more than it can deliver.
Why do you stand before the door without knocking, if you have a message to deliver?Rico and Wiseli
You will get nothing to eat until I deliver you up to the officers of the volunteers.In the Midst of Alarms
When he did deliver a letter to them, it was usually a trading letter for Uncle William.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
- to carry (goods, etc) to a destination, esp to carry and distribute (goods, mail, etc) to several placesto deliver letters; our local butcher delivers
- (often foll by over or up) to hand over, transfer, or surrender
- (often foll by from) to release or rescue (from captivity, harm, corruption, etc)
- (also intr)
- to aid in the birth of (offspring)
- to give birth to (offspring)
- (usually foll by of)to aid or assist (a female) in the birth (of offspring)
- (passive foll by of)to give birth (to offspring)
- to utter or present (a speech, oration, idea, etc)
- deliver the goodsSee deliver (def. 11)
- to utter (an exclamation, noise, etc)to deliver a cry of exultation
- to discharge or release (something, such as a blow or shot) suddenly
- mainly US to cause (voters, constituencies, etc) to support a given candidate, cause, etccan you deliver the Bronx?
- deliver oneself of to speak with deliberation or at lengthto deliver oneself of a speech
- deliver the goods informal to produce or perform something promised or expected
Word Origin and History for deliver
c.1200, "save, rescue, set free, liberate," from Old French delivrer "to set free; remove; save, preserve; hand over (goods)," also used of childbirth, from Late Latin deliberare, from de- "away" (see de-) + Latin liberare "to free" (see liberal (adj.)).
Childbirth sense in English, "to bring (a woman) to childbirth," is from c.1300. Sense of "hand over, give, give up, yield" is c.1300. in English, which brings it in opposition to its root. Meaning "project, throw" is 1590s. Related: Delivered; delivering.
- To assist a woman in giving birth to a baby.
- To extract something from an enclosed place, as a foreign body or a tumor.