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[dih-liv-uh-ree] /dɪˈlɪv ə ri/
noun, plural deliveries.
the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients.
a giving up or handing over; surrender.
the utterance or enunciation of words.
vocal and bodily behavior during the presentation of a speech:
a speaker's fine delivery.
the act or manner of giving or sending forth:
the pitcher's fine delivery of the ball.
the state of being delivered of or giving birth to a child; parturition.
something delivered:
The delivery is late today.
Commerce. a shipment of goods from the seller to the buyer.
Law. a formal act performed to make a transfer of property legally effective:
a delivery of deed.
Printing.. Also called delivery end. the part of a printing press where the paper emerges in printed form.
Archaic. release or rescue; liberation; deliverance.
Origin of delivery
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English delyvere, delyvery < Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of feminine past participle of delivrer to deliver, with suffix assimilated to -ery
Related forms
misdelivery, noun, plural misdeliveries.
nondelivery, noun, plural nondeliveries.
postdelivery, adjective
predelivery, noun, plural predeliveries.
redelivery, noun, plural redeliveries. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • It must not be supposed that this spring day in the spring places had reformed his manner of delivery.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • The work of the individual endured only as long as its delivery lasted.

    The Book of Old English Ballads George Wharton Edwards
  • The delivery of ewes and wethers is timed by individual arrangement.

  • The purchaser then brought, or sent, an order on board the ship, for the delivery of the opium.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
British Dictionary definitions for delivery


noun (pl) -eries
  1. the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc
  2. something that is delivered
  3. (as modifier): a delivery service
the act of giving birth to a child: she had an easy delivery
manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitation: the chairman had a clear delivery
the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred
the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation
  1. the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball
  2. the ball so delivered: a fast delivery
an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc
the discharge rate of a compressor or pump
(in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for delivery

early 15c., "action of handing over to another," from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of fem. past participle of Old French délivrer (see deliver). Childbirth sense is attested from 1570s. Of speech, from 1580s. Of a blow, throw of a ball, etc., from 1702.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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delivery in Medicine

delivery de·liv·er·y (dĭ-lĭv'ə-rē, -lĭv'rē)
The expulsion or extraction of a child and the fetal membranes through the birth canal into the external world.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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