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.
- de·liv·er·er, noun
- mis·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, adjective
- well-de·liv·ered, adjective
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How to use deliver in a sentence
In a different case Thursday, Pennsylvania’s highest court delivered a separate victory to Democrats, ruling in their favor on a number of mail-voting rules.
As a result, advertisers will be able to set media plans to deliver a minimum number of sales as opposed to traditional figures like the number of people reached.NBCUniversal tests new measurement program to prove it can push product sales for advertisers | Tim Peterson | September 17, 2020 | Digiday
If you’re worried about cutting it close, most states let you deliver your ballot to the local election office instead of mailing it.ProPublica’s Pandemic Guide to Making Sure Your Vote Counts | by Susie Armitage | September 16, 2020 | ProPublica
While not as established as traditional sports in the minds of many marketers, esports does deliver reach.‘A credible voice’: Why Honda is doubling down on esports | Lara O'Reilly | September 16, 2020 | Digiday
The situation would be akin to aspects of the so-called gig economy, in which workers juggle multiple jobs of driving people around for Uber and then delivering dinners for DoorDash.When it comes to A.I., worry about ‘job churn’ instead of ‘job loss’ | jonathanvanian2015 | September 15, 2020 | Fortune
He could deliver a quick, effective speech, or hold a proper press conference.
So working with the militants in order to deliver aid “becomes a requirement,” she said.
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 | Emily Shire | December 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Despite general good intentions, however, even good physicians can deliver care that falls short.
They were there to put on a show and deliver a message: behold, we are a technological power with which to be reckoned!
I, therefore, deliver it as a maxim, that whoever desires the character of a proud man ought to conceal his vanity.Pearls of Thought | Maturin M. Ballou
Brethren are a help in the time of trouble, but mercy shall deliver more than they.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
She continued to deliver herself upon a hundred topics, and it hardly matters where we take her up.Confidence | Henry James
By bad luck d'Amade was away, up in the front trenches, and I could not well deliver myself to des Coigns.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I | Ian Hamilton
And I will deliver thee and this city out of the hand of the king of the Assyrians, and I will protect it.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
British Dictionary definitions for deliver
to carry (goods, etc) to a destination, esp to carry and distribute (goods, mail, etc) to several places: to 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)
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 goods: See 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, etc: can you deliver the Bronx?
deliver oneself of to speak with deliberation or at length: to deliver oneself of a speech
deliver the goods informal to produce or perform something promised or expected
- deliverable, adjective
- deliverability, noun
- deliverer, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Other Idioms and Phrases with deliver
In addition to the idiom beginning with deliver
- deliver the goods
- signed, sealed, and delivered
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