- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for deliver on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for delivered
The vaccine is delivered through a “carrier virus” that causes a common cold in chimpanzees but does not affect humans.The Race for the Ebola Vaccine
January 7, 2015
Scalise has called the talk, which he delivered in a hotel outside New Orleans, “a mistake I regret.”The Louisiana Racists Who Courted Steve Scalise
January 3, 2015
If laughter is the best medicine, The Comeback made you feel enough pain to need a dose—and then it delivered in spades.‘The Comeback’ Finale: Give Lisa Kudrow All of the Awards
December 29, 2014
A petition has been delivered in Nevada that will put a similar measure to the one in Washington on the ballot in 2016.The Gun Battle Since Newtown
December 14, 2014
Singers Nancy Wilson and Billy Eckstine attended, and actor and activist Ossie Davis delivered a well-received speech.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
Festivals in honour of Zeus, because he delivered men from misfortunes and dangers.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The young Tory's first election address was delivered upon this occasion.
On the 5th of February the king attended and delivered the speech from the throne in person.
God had delivered him from the very tomb of death; why need I fear?Biography of a Slave
So this had to be delivered; but for the rest of it, and of the dinner, you must wait for my next telegram.
- 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 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.
Idioms and Phrases with delivered
In addition to the idiom beginning with deliver
- deliver the goods
- signed, sealed, and delivered