- 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 well-delivered
It was a strong speech, a solid speech, a well-delivered and well-received speech—but also a safe and unadventurous speech.Romney Plays It Safe
August 31, 2012
The State of the Union was a well-delivered pastiche of soaring words, vague goals, and modest initiatives.President Obama’s Lofty Laundry List on Display in State of the Union
January 25, 2012
Both require a good sense of timing: a well-made drink and a well-delivered insight.How to Sound Smart on Thanksgiving
Samuel P. Jacobs
November 23, 2010
Strong arms have seldom occasion to repeat a well-delivered blow.Hunted and Harried
Then in a graceful, well-delivered, and pleasant little speech, Mr. Victor Cavendish opened the fight on the second clause.Sketches In The House (1893)
T. P. O'Connor
A well-delivered blow with this terrible weapon will spilt a mans head from crown to chin.The Putumayo, The Devil's Paradise
“That” was a well-delivered charge of buckshot between the timbers of the cabin.The Camp in the Snow
William Murray Graydon
Brannan had backed him with half a dozen well-delivered blows, but even these had evoked neither shot nor knife.Under Fire
- 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 well-delivered
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.