verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)


Archaic. agile; quick.

Origin of deliver

1175–1225; Middle English delivren < Old French delivrer < Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, equivalent to dē- de- + līberāre to liberate
Related formsde·liv·er·er, nounmis·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, adjectivewell-de·liv·ered, adjective

Synonyms for deliver

Antonyms for deliver Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for undelivered

Historical Examples of undelivered

  • A few days later your answer is returned to you undelivered.

  • He reminded her of an undelivered parcel, waiting for its owner to turn up.

    The Rubicon

    E. F. Benson

  • But how could I face Kitty Carrington with that undelivered note?

    Kitty's Conquest

    Charles King

  • But they had just found Lord Cornwallis's letter in my pocket, still sealed and undelivered.

  • "Nothing at all undelivered," he said, as he politely expressed his regret at having to disappoint me.

    The Boy Spy

    Joseph Kerby

British Dictionary definitions for undelivered


verb (mainly tr)

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)
  1. to aid in the birth of (offspring)
  2. to give birth to (offspring)
  3. (usually foll by of)to aid or assist (a female) in the birth (of offspring)
  4. (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
Derived Formsdeliverable, adjectivedeliverability, noundeliverer, noun

Word Origin for deliver

C13: from Old French delivrer, from Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, from Latin de- + līberāre to free
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Word Origin and History for undelivered

late 15c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of 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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for undelivered




To assist a woman in giving birth to a baby.
To extract something from an enclosed place, as a foreign body or a tumor.
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Idioms and Phrases with undelivered


In addition to the idiom beginning with deliver

  • deliver the goods

also see:

  • signed, sealed, and delivered
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