Definition of deliver in English:

deliver

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Bring and hand over (a letter, parcel, or goods) to the proper recipient or address.

    ‘the products should be delivered on time’
    no object ‘we'll deliver direct to your door’
    • ‘Yet, last December we had serious backlogs in the delivery of Christmas mail when one million letters were delivered late.’
    • ‘I want you to deliver this letter for me and bring a response back.’
    • ‘This morning's good mood severely dented by incompetent carriers who have repeatedly failed to deliver parcels on time and to the right address.’
    • ‘He sent a messenger to deliver the letter to the edge of the barrier and throw it to one of the prisoners within the dome.’
    • ‘Whilst in Britain a paper round is done by spotty 13 yr old kids before school, here it is a proper job and the delivery guys also double up by delivering goods during the days.’
    • ‘Suddenly, regular citizens could go to town when they wanted, get supplies when they needed them, deliver goods directly to sellers.’
    • ‘The postman is used to delivering mysterious parcels, packets and letters to the old ranch house, mostly from faraway places with strange sounding names.’
    • ‘The only thing at this time that I care to divulge is that my letter from Raychel instructed me to deliver her letters to their rightful recipients.’
    • ‘We recommend that customers only deliver goods to the billing address.’
    • ‘The handwritten message is scanned and sent to the destination and the letter is delivered just as a telegram.’
    • ‘Taxi drivers or drivers delivering goods around shops are among the most frequently used ‘mules’ since they would seem least suspicious.’
    • ‘What the council has done is carried out a poll that relied on letters being delivered to homes in the area and people taking the time to return a slip.’
    • ‘It is understood that 11 workers have been given notice, with some handed the news in a letter delivered by courier to their door late at night.’
    • ‘The company's proposed radical changes to the way it delivers letters were aimed at saving €20m a year.’
    • ‘What happens if someone writes the wrong address on an envelope, or the postman delivers the letter to the wrong door?’
    • ‘Then last Friday they delivered a bunch of letters and packages some dating back to the past two years.’
    • ‘The various races included children dressed as postmen with sling bags delivering letters at the finishing line, or as bakers who sieved flour before scampering to finish the race.’
    • ‘The unexpected thrill of the reminder (something I blame on my father, who appeared to appreciate the postman delivering red letters rather too much) is important to me.’
    • ‘Taking the initiative, including undertaking tasks beyond responsibilities and identifying new approaches to producing and delivering goods and services.’
    • ‘She recalls an experience at customs. when a parcel was not delivered, and she had to go and collect it herself from their office.’
    bring, take, take round, convey, carry, transport, distribute, drop-ship
    hand over, turn over, transfer, make over, sign over
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  • 2Provide (something promised or expected)

    ‘he had been able to deliver votes in huge numbers’
    no object ‘she's waiting for him to deliver on his promise’
    • ‘There will be no ‘business as usual’, since his supporters expect him to deliver on the many promises he has made during the campaign.’
    • ‘Beats me how anyone could ever expect a politician to deliver on the promise of a national stadium, but there you are.’
    • ‘We had a window of opportunity to deliver the promises to the town and the members and I as chairman feel I let the club down by failing to do so.’
    • ‘For the minister, it is the first major test of whether he can bring the most powerful lobby group in the industry onside and deliver the promises set out in the health strategy.’
    • ‘If the government is to deliver its promise to cut unemployment by 40,000, it will need to create 80,000 jobs.’
    • ‘He said the achievements of the past five years were an effective guarantee that he would deliver his promises.’
    • ‘He doesn't expect them to deliver on any promise they will make.’
    • ‘The task of providing evidence that a service will deliver its promises becomes more difficult where the service is highly intangible.’
    • ‘Until the Government and local councils deliver on their election promises of providing reliable and affordable alternatives to the car, situations like this will continue.’
    • ‘People expect us to deliver on our election promises.’
    • ‘As respecters of rules and regulations they also expected their politicians to say what they mean, and deliver on their promises.’
    • ‘If he fails to deliver on his election promises, chances are he could find himself confronted by another angry recall.’
    • ‘However, he pointed out that, over the last four years, the Government has more than delivered its pre-election promises on tax cuts.’
    • ‘It employs 18 full and part time trained staff and prides itself on delivering its promises by providing quality products at competitive prices.’
    • ‘They must also monitor commitments closely, and deliver on promises.’
    • ‘In Britain, economic worries centred on the alarming prospect of pensions failing to deliver their optimistic promises.’
    • ‘All in all, this book does deliver its promise, to fulfill a student's point locating needs.’
    • ‘Besides delivering the promise of simplifying our life, these principles will perhaps begin to break the barriers imposed by antiquated rules.’
    • ‘There is a reasonable choice of the old favourites that crop up on almost all Italian menus, but rarely deliver the promise or spirit of their names.’
    • ‘‘I have promised people to continue the reforms and I am sure I can deliver my promises,’ he said after voting.’
    provide, supply, furnish
    fulfil, live up to, carry out, carry through, implement, make good
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    1. 2.1 Formally hand over (someone)
      ‘there was a reward if you were delivered unharmed to the nearest British post’
      • ‘I looked down on figures who, with their consorts, advisers, bureaucrats and academics, had delivered their own people to the vampires.’
      • ‘Churchill was rejected by the people after delivering us through the horrors of world war.’
      • ‘If he can deliver the British people to the Euro leaders, the Presidency of Europe awaits him.’
      • ‘It took both reflexes acting in concert to deliver the people of the Chagos archipelago into exile.’
    2. 2.2deliver someone/something up Surrender someone or something.
      ‘had he feared she would deliver him up to the police?’
      • ‘If she wasn't beating us herself, she was delivering us up to the nuns for a whack.’
      • ‘Certain persons betrayed him, demanded his death, brought him to trial, condemned and delivered him up, mocked, tormented, and executed him.’
      • ‘He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’
      • ‘Funnily enough, this doctor now claims that she was well treated and he was going to deliver her up to the Americans anyway.’
      • ‘Whenever bondsmen choose to do so, they may seize the defendant and deliver him up in their discharge, and if that cannot be done at once, they may imprison him until it can be done.’
      • ‘In any other civilised country, the head of the phone company would be delivered up on a platter for these serious infrastructure failures.’
      • ‘Had he feared she would deliver him up to the police?’
      • ‘I caught the resignation attitude myself as I delivered the car up for its annual service and road test.’
      • ‘See and read Matthew 10: 16-21: ‘They will deliver you up,’ etc.’
      • ‘Beware of them, for they will deliver you up to councils, and flog you in their synagogues, and you will be dragged before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them.’
    3. 2.3Law Acknowledge that one intends to be bound by (a deed), either explicitly by declaration or implicitly by formal handover.
      • ‘It is no doubt true that a deed may be delivered on a condition that it is not to be operative until some event happens or some condition is performed.’
      • ‘An affidavit of the defendant was delivered later in August 2004.’
      • ‘The defendant having delivered its affidavits of documents and having appointed counsel, the motion to strike the statements of defence or post security for costs is dismissed.’
      • ‘The plaintiff had delivered a formal written notice within time, but the notice had failed to state the grounds of appeal or the facts on which he relied.’
      • ‘In witness of which this document has been signed and sealed as a deed and delivered the date and year first before written.’
  • 3Launch or aim (a blow, ball, or attack)

    ‘he delivered a punch to the man's belly’
    figurative ‘the company has delivered a body blow to this city’
    • ‘Two Bradford sports enthusiasts are preparing to deliver a knock-out blow to the fitness industry when they launch a revolutionary new product.’
    • ‘A player delivers a ball and as he follows up is hit after delivering as he tries to follow up.’
    • ‘Jeremey landed, ducked the last attack and delivered an uppercut, sending the attacker sprawling to the ground five feet away.’
    • ‘Both teams played a similar type of football with a concentration on tight marking and supporting the player in possession and delivering low ball into speedy forwards.’
    • ‘Two wilting sides then slugged it out toe-to-toe in the extra 30 minutes before Town finally delivered the knock-out blow.’
    • ‘He tackles ferociously, wins ball with his first touch and delivers perfect ball to his attack.’
    • ‘The departing leader yesterday delivered a coruscating attack on the tormentors within his own party who he claimed had made it impossible for him to continue in office.’
    • ‘He looked lively, sharp and delivers the ball ever so early.’
    • ‘The kapo raises his club, which he holds in both hands, and delivers a blow across the small of the man's back.’
    • ‘So far he had weathered numerous attacks, emerged unscathed and delivered a heavy blow to the Midway air base.’
    • ‘He is quick to the ball and delivers a quality blow.’
    • ‘While they all throw the ball, he delivers the ball according to the laws of cricket.’
    • ‘The previous four seasons, the passing game was predicated on quick throws, with the quarterback often delivering the ball after three- and five-step drops.’
    • ‘One of the finest sights in all sport is a bowler with a smooth rhythmic run-up delivering the ball with an arched back and a flawless straight-arm action.’
    • ‘Several guards were required to repel the prisoner's attack; one soldier who came to the rescue delivered two blows to the inmate's head with a handheld radio.’
    • ‘He has worked on an exceptionally quick hand punch that delivers a blow before larger defensive tackles can get into their rushes.’
    • ‘He's right: physicists have built wind tunnels to present theses on the art of delivering a dead ball.’
    • ‘Chucking - the act of delivering a ball through straightening the arm in the process of bowling - has been with us since the dawn of cricket.’
    • ‘The gameplay dynamics are the same, allowing you to charge your energy, attack, defend, and deliver a finishing blow.’
    • ‘He takes proper angles to the ball, not wasting any steps, and delivers a powerful blow when he gets there.’
    administer, deal, inflict, give, direct, aim
    bowl, pitch, hurl, throw, cast, launch, lob
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    1. 3.1 State in a formal manner.
      ‘he will deliver a lecture on endangered species’
      ‘he delivered himself of a sermon’
      • ‘And besides them, there's the invitation-only crowd at the Banqueting House in Whitehall, to whom he will deliver the only formal speech of his visit.’
      • ‘After years of distinguished study, he begins delivering lectures of his own, offering unique, insightful interpretations of Islamic texts.’
      • ‘He recalls delivering a lecture at the University of Nottingham.’
      • ‘Having delivered myself of that Friday afternoon piece of advice and homily, can we turn then to the preposed orders and directions.’
      • ‘Knowing that a poor performance would reignite the whispering campaign against him, he spoke in a leaden manner before delivering a blunt ‘modernise or die’ message.’
      • ‘This unpretentious poetess does not go about lecturing or delivering sermons in high places.’
      • ‘The manner in which she delivers her message is most interesting.’
      • ‘Last night, back in the city to deliver a lecture, he repeated his grim warnings.’
      • ‘Formal speeches were delivered at the main gate but were drowned out by a low flying army helicopter.’
      • ‘The funny thing is that every time, these pronouncements are delivered in a lecture.’
      • ‘By the same token he has well-honed skills of debate and a hectoring, let-me-do-it-right-for-you manner when delivering his otherwise glib answers.’
      • ‘The Senator says he's looking forward to delivering his acceptance speech tomorrow.’
      • ‘It seems to me that reaching into the wallet is a much more powerful articulation of desire and belief than delivering the lecture.’
      • ‘Who, for example, is the young woman economist, Australian by the sound of her accent, who delivers long lectures on how the world economy functions?’
      • ‘Then he appears on a platform in San Juan or Port of Spain and delivers the finest speeches calling for racial unity.’
      • ‘Even as he was delivering his welcome home speech it had already been decided to send the SAS to another war.’
      • ‘He opted to deliver a stern lecture on good manners.’
      • ‘I was about to enter and deliver a stiff lecture on the evils of strong drink when I thought the better of it and turned on my heels.’
      • ‘When the mock-up ends, Hawkeye appears on screen by himself, out of costume and delivers a solemn lecture on the human costs of war.’
      • ‘He delivered himself of this speech with the air of one who has solved a great truth.’
      utter, give, make, read, recite, broadcast, give voice to, voice, speak, declaim
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    2. 3.2 (of a judge or court) give (a judgement or verdict)
      ‘the court was due to deliver its verdict’
      • ‘This is just like a court delivering its ruling without listening to evidence and submissions by the concerned parties under the excuse of public request.’
      • ‘Moreover, in delivering his verdict the judge can refuse to explain the basis of his decision if he deems national security could be compromised.’
      • ‘Since the judge had delivered the verdict, he had felt permanently dazed.’
      • ‘The High Court recalled this observation while delivering its verdict in the case.’
      • ‘A jury at Preston Crown Court delivered a unanimous not guilty verdict following seven-and-a-half hours of deliberation.’
      • ‘In the end however convention spoke, and the delegates delivered their verdict.’
      • ‘Tonight's was incredibly moving; I actually found myself getting teary at the end, when the judges delivered their verdict - at least partly because they were so kind.’
      • ‘The trial judge is likely to deliver a verdict in September to the three men at the prison where they are detained.’
      • ‘Visitors to the interactive exhibition can perform in front of the tough panel with the judges delivering their verdicts, more often than not trading insults among themselves.’
      • ‘The jury at Leeds Crown Court delivered its verdict yesterday afternoon after hours of deliberation.’
      • ‘The Constitutional Court delivered a half-right decision last Wednesday.’
      • ‘The nine-judge Constitutional Court must deliver a final ruling on the motion within six months.’
      • ‘Against this backdrop, Roh should wait patiently until the Constitutional Court delivers its final verdict.’
      • ‘The European judges delivered a unanimous verdict that denying a prisoner a vote does breach the ‘right to free elections’ set out in the convention.’
      • ‘When a beautiful ruling like this is delivered by the judges, we must understand that these kinds of changes do not occur overnight.’
      • ‘It is a matter of fact that the Court of Appeal delivered its decision…’
      • ‘The deficits court case is being heard under a special fast-track process and judges should deliver a verdict within six months.’
      • ‘The judges are expected to deliver their verdict within weeks.’
      • ‘The nine-member panel of judges are expected to deliver a verdict within seven days.’
      • ‘But the verdict delivered by the Court of Final Appeal said the authority will still be able to provide such facilities through another party after the listing.’
  • 4Assist in the birth of.

    ‘the village midwife delivered the baby’
    • ‘Ita was the local midwife and delivered many a home birth before the Maternity Hospital era in rural parishes.’
    • ‘A midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies for mothers in the Maldon district is set to retire.’
    • ‘I've been a mid-wife for twenty years now and have delivered hundreds of babies.’
    • ‘He said that during his career he had delivered something like 8,000 babies, roughly equivalent to the town's population today.’
    • ‘‘All of my three children were born at home, delivered by the same midwife who lived near my home,’ she recalled.’
    • ‘She said: ‘We would both like to thank the two midwives who delivered the twins and everybody at the special care baby unit.’’
    • ‘He was in charge of the elderly care unit at the local cottage hospital and did his own obstetric care, delivering many Bridlington babies.’
    • ‘The delivery room nurse, the resident, and the attending physician assisted as the plaintiff delivered a healthy baby boy.’
    • ‘Fortunately, she was able to call her mother Carol, who turned midwife to help deliver baby Abigail on the kitchen floor.’
    • ‘He turned midwife this week to deliver his first grandson.’
    • ‘I don't know if this proves anything either, but I myself was delivered by a local midwife, who apparently taught herself everything she knew.’
    • ‘Sean has been there for all the births and delivered the last two children, with a midwife's supervision.’
    • ‘A community midwife who has delivered hundreds of babies over the past 30 years has been honoured with an award for the special care she has given patients.’
    • ‘He had to deliver the 6lb 5oz baby himself on the living room floor.’
    • ‘They told my mum that they had to deliver the baby straight away to save one of our lives.’
    • ‘A hospital's first midwife has retired after delivering more than 1,000 babies in 37 years.’
    • ‘I delivered their baby seven months later.’
    give birth to, bear, be delivered of, have, bring into the world, bring forth
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    1. 4.1 Give birth to.
      ‘the number of women delivering their babies in hospitals increased’
      • ‘In June 2001 she was delivered of a 3.1 kg healthy boy, her seventh child and fourth caesarean.’
      • ‘At length, however, she was delivered of a child; but it is uncertain whether it was born alive or not.’
      give birth to, bear, be delivered of, have, bring into the world, bring forth
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    2. 4.2formal, archaic Assist (a woman) in giving birth.
      ‘Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge was safely delivered of a son at 4.24 p.m.’
  • 5deliver someone/something fromSave, rescue, or set someone or something free from.

    ‘deliver us from the nightmare of junk mail’
    • ‘She prayed the bell would save her and deliver her from this torment, but her prayer fell on mute ears and there were still seven minutes when she reached the front and turned to face the class.’
    • ‘The Alliance deserves some credit; within the Alliance platform are the means to address delivering our government from its bureaucratic nightmare.’
    • ‘The UN Charter spoke of delivering the world from the scourge of war - we never learn.’
    • ‘And you can't really imagine the people round here jumping up and down with excitement shouting: ‘Hooray, she has delivered our children from the scourge of rickets.’’
    • ‘He credits his party with delivering the city from debt and unemployment to the promised land of productivity and job creation.’
    • ‘But the region will pay a heavy price for his folly unless the scandal swirling around him delivers the world from his Machiavellian designs.’
    • ‘The Bishop is delivering his congregation from credit card debt one family at a time - using only donations from other congregants.’
    • ‘He says self-help groups have delivered people from the clutches of moneylenders who charge 120 per cent as interest.’
    • ‘Councillors and public figures struggle to hide their pride in delivering their city from an Aids epidemic.’
    • ‘His strong performance delivers the movie from all-out silliness; this is quite a feat, given that he's required to utter lines like ‘That's a sandstorm!’’
    save, rescue, set free, free, liberate, release, set at liberty, set loose, extricate, discharge, emancipate, redeem, ransom
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Phrases

  • deliver the goods

    • informal Provide that which is promised or expected.

      ‘the command economy can't deliver the goods’
      • ‘Open economies and open societies are good provided they deliver the goods for ordinary working families.’
      • ‘It's much more difficult to deliver the goods when everyone expects it of you.’
      • ‘It's a darker, more complex film that seriously promises to deliver the goods, but comes up a bit short.’
      • ‘A very darkly entertaining fairy tale that was a little bit deeper, but still delivers the goods.’
      • ‘Although rather sparse by Hong Kong standards, when the hand-to-hand kicks in, it delivers the goods.’
      • ‘At 336.5p, the shares could go higher if the company delivers the goods.’
      • ‘The problem is the gap between the promises of basic discovery and the clinical trials that deliver the goods.’
      • ‘The ministers and MPs are aware that people's expectations are very high as they are expected to deliver the goods.’
      • ‘It has now reverted to a more traditional process and this is expected to deliver the goods by the first half of next year.’
      • ‘I did this for a while and it more than delivers the goods.’
      fulfil, live up to, carry out, carry through, implement, make good
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Origin

Middle English: from Old French delivrer, based on Latin de- ‘away’ + liberare ‘set free’.

Pronunciation

deliver

/dɪˈlɪvə/