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deliver

[dih-liv-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients: to deliver mail; to deliver a package.
  2. to give into another's possession or keeping; surrender: to deliver a prisoner to the police; to deliver a bond.
  3. to bring (votes) to the support of a candidate or a cause.
  4. to give forth in words; utter or pronounce: to deliver a verdict; to deliver a speech.
  5. to give forth or emit: The oil well delivers 500 barrels a day.
  6. to strike or throw: to deliver a blow.
  7. to set free or liberate: The Israelites were delivered from bondage.
  8. to release or save: Deliver me from such tiresome people!
  9. to assist (a female) in bringing forth young: The doctor delivered her of twins.
  10. to assist at the birth of: The doctor delivered the baby.
  11. to give birth to: She delivered twins at 4 a.m.
  12. to disburden (oneself) of thoughts, opinions, etc.
  13. to make known; assert.
verb (used without object)
  1. to give birth.
  2. to provide a delivery service for goods and products: The store delivers free of charge.
  3. to do or carry out as promised: an ad agency known for delivering when a successful campaign is needed.
adjective
  1. Archaic. agile; quick.

Origin of deliver

1175–1225; Middle English delivren < Old French delivrer < Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, equivalent to dē- de- + līberāre to liberate
Related formsde·liv·er·er, nounmis·de·liv·er, verb (used with object)out·de·liv·er, verb (used with object)pre·de·liv·er, verb (used with object)un·de·liv·ered, adjectivewell-de·liv·ered, adjective

Synonyms

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1. hand over, transfer, cede, yield. 4. communicate, announce, proclaim, publish. 7. emancipate, release. 8. redeem, rescue.

Antonyms

7. confine.
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Examples from the Web for undelivered

Historical Examples

  • A few days later your answer is returned to you undelivered.

    The Home Medical Library, Volume II (of VI)

    Various

  • He reminded her of an undelivered parcel, waiting for its owner to turn up.

    The Rubicon

    E. F. Benson

  • But how could I face Kitty Carrington with that undelivered note?

    Kitty's Conquest

    Charles King

  • But they had just found Lord Cornwallis's letter in my pocket, still sealed and undelivered.

  • "Nothing at all undelivered," he said, as he politely expressed his regret at having to disappoint me.

    The Boy Spy

    Joseph Kerby


British Dictionary definitions for undelivered

deliver

verb (mainly tr)
  1. to carry (goods, etc) to a destination, esp to carry and distribute (goods, mail, etc) to several placesto deliver letters; our local butcher delivers
  2. (often foll by over or up) to hand over, transfer, or surrender
  3. (often foll by from) to release or rescue (from captivity, harm, corruption, etc)
  4. (also intr)
    1. to aid in the birth of (offspring)
    2. to give birth to (offspring)
    3. (usually foll by of)to aid or assist (a female) in the birth (of offspring)
    4. (passive foll by of)to give birth (to offspring)
  5. to utter or present (a speech, oration, idea, etc)
  6. deliver the goodsSee deliver (def. 11)
  7. to utter (an exclamation, noise, etc)to deliver a cry of exultation
  8. to discharge or release (something, such as a blow or shot) suddenly
  9. mainly US to cause (voters, constituencies, etc) to support a given candidate, cause, etccan you deliver the Bronx?
  10. deliver oneself of to speak with deliberation or at lengthto deliver oneself of a speech
  11. deliver the goods informal to produce or perform something promised or expected
Derived Formsdeliverable, adjectivedeliverability, noundeliverer, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French delivrer, from Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, from Latin de- + līberāre to free
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Word Origin and History for undelivered

adj.

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of deliver.

deliver

v.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

undelivered in Medicine

deliver

(dĭ-lĭvər)
v.
  1. To assist a woman in giving birth to a baby.
  2. To extract something from an enclosed place, as a foreign body or a tumor.
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Idioms and Phrases with undelivered

deliver

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