- 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
Synonyms for deliverSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for deliver
Related Words for delivererliberator, hero, salvation, defender, protector, savior, guardian, conservator, preserver, deliverer, rescuer, redeemer, emancipator, freer
Examples from the Web for deliverer
Contemporary Examples of deliverer
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
February 16, 2014
Historical Examples of deliverer
He was received, if not as a deliverer, at least as a necessary and acceptable expedient.
After the role of deliverer, that of martyr was not to be despised.
Death the liberator, the deliverer, the pardoner, the peace-maker!The Manxman
It was a beautiful dream, and the Deliverer was to make it come true!
He called you capitan and said the Deliverer had made you an officer; how about it?
- 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 for deliver
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with deliver
- deliver the goods
- signed, sealed, and delivered