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
Further, the appeals court remands the case back to Rosenberg for review to deliver a new ruling consistent with guidance on the First Amendment.Court strikes down bans on conversion therapy as violations of free speech | Chris Johnson | November 20, 2020 | Washington Blade
We deliver them to every department within our hospital so that each and every person working has the opportunity to get the cookies and know the community is there supporting them and thinking of them.It started as a macho bake-off between dads. Months later, they’ve delivered 15,000 cookies to essential workers. | Sydney Page | November 20, 2020 | Washington Post
If Hayes is going to deliver on that potential, he needed a landing spot that would give him a wide berth and a long runway.NBA draft winners and losers: A win for LaMelo Ball, woe for the Warriors | Ben Golliver | November 19, 2020 | Washington Post
She calls them “mis hijitos,” or “my little sons,” and takes her own children to the weekend games or on the visits she makes to the complex to deliver groceries from the local food pantry.Inside the Lives of Immigrant Teens Working Dangerous Night Shifts in Suburban Factories | by Melissa Sanchez | November 19, 2020 | ProPublica
Insulated water bottles are significantly heavier but deliver the magic of ice-cold liquids when the weather is hot and vice versa.
Compliments would earn their deliverer a stream of invective, while an insult or dirty joke “would earn his respect.”Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News | Tim Teeman | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the Dutch Walewein alone, so far as I know, is his rôle definitely that of the deliverer.The Three Days' Tournament | Jessie L. Weston
The final parting between the tyrant and the future deliverer was not an event to be forgotten by any of the race of Nassau.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
The deliverer shot across their company one lightning glance—majesty, supremacy, scorn.God Wills It! | William Stearns Davis
The Man rescues the Snake from beneath a rock, whereupon the Snake announces her intention of biting her deliverer.Nights With Uncle Remus | Joel Chandler Harris
He felt that he had quite enough trouble without addition of records and secrecy for acts of the Deliverer.The Treasure Trail | Marah Ellis Ryan
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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