[ dih-liv-uh-ree ]
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noun,plural de·liv·er·ies.
  1. the carrying and turning over of letters, goods, etc., to a designated recipient or recipients.

  2. a giving up or handing over; surrender.

  1. the utterance or enunciation of words.

  2. vocal and bodily behavior during the presentation of a speech: a speaker's fine delivery.

  3. the act or manner of giving or sending forth: the pitcher's fine delivery of the ball.

  4. the state of being delivered of or giving birth to a child; parturition.

  5. something delivered: The delivery is late today.

  6. Commerce. a shipment of goods from the seller to the buyer.

  7. Law. a formal act performed to make a transfer of property legally effective: a delivery of deed.

  8. Printing.Also called delivery end . the part of a printing press where the paper emerges in printed form.

  9. Archaic. release or rescue; liberation; deliverance.

Origin of delivery

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English delyvere, delyvery, from Anglo-French delivrée, noun use of feminine past participle of delivrer “to deliver,” with suffix assimilated to -ery;see deliver

Other words from delivery

  • mis·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural mis·de·liv·er·ies.
  • non·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural non·de·liv·er·ies.
  • post·de·liv·er·y, adjective
  • pre·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural pre·de·liv·er·ies.
  • re·de·liv·er·y, noun, plural re·de·liv·er·ies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use delivery in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for delivery


/ (dɪˈlɪvərɪ) /

nounplural -eries
    • the act of delivering or distributing goods, mail, etc

    • something that is delivered

    • (as modifier): a delivery service

  1. the act of giving birth to a child: she had an easy delivery

  1. manner or style of utterance, esp in public speaking or recitation: the chairman had a clear delivery

  2. the act of giving or transferring or the state of being given or transferred

  3. the act of rescuing or state of being rescued; liberation

  4. sport

    • the act or manner of bowling or throwing a ball

    • the ball so delivered: a fast delivery

  5. an actual or symbolic handing over of property, a deed, etc

  6. the discharge rate of a compressor or pump

  7. (in South Africa) the supply of basic services to communities deprived under apartheid

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