Definition of delivery in English:



  • 1The action of delivering letters, parcels, or goods.

    ‘allow up to 28 days for delivery’
    [count noun] ‘there will be around 15 deliveries a week’
    • ‘Later, tube systems were enlarged, and new ones opened not only for the transport of telegrams but also for individual and bulk deliveries of letters and parcels.’
    • ‘When making your request, please consider the time it takes for delivery of an airmail letter and that visa applications take time to be processed by your local embassy or consulate.’
    • ‘At night, it became a parcel sorting platform for the parcel office for delivery next day.’
    • ‘The petition calls on the government to intervene to stop the planned deregulation of letter post delivery.’
    • ‘Think of rechecking the parcel delivery, rechecking the phone call.’
    • ‘Although the supply of tropical plants was down and hygiene services were disappointing, security services, parcels delivery and facilities management were very successful.’
    • ‘The delivery of supplies - the inputs needed for manufacturing - leaves much to be desired.’
    • ‘We have to treat this matter as urgent and to request your reply within seven days of the date of delivery of this letter.’
    • ‘Blanch wrote home every day and bundled her letters for delivery to Philadelphia about once a month.’
    • ‘I went to see the relative of a friend of mine, to drop off a letter for delivery by private courier.’
    • ‘A total of 400 litres of organic milk is currently being bottled on the farm daily for doorstep delivery and also for supplying an organic co-operative in the North of England.’
    • ‘He should be thankful for the container because that's all he got after he received a notice from the Vincent post office that a parcel too big for delivery had arrived.’
    • ‘While letter delivery in the UK is a lucrative market, the profitability of door-to-door services is not uniform throughout the country.’
    • ‘When he complained, he claimed one postman told him delivery of letters to homes in his street was a ‘goodwill’ service, as it depended on staff working overtime.’
    • ‘Two profound changes in our society have enabled small companies such as us to survive: the Internet and parcel delivery systems.’
    • ‘The deregulation of letter delivery is only the latest measure in the break up of the state-run postal services that has been underway for two decades.’
    • ‘The leading supplier in home delivery of specialty medical supplies including diabetes testing kits.’
    • ‘The mode of delivery is either express parcel post or courier, which means the customer would be holding the book he ordered just a couple of days later.’
    • ‘He suggested that the students attempt delivery of the letters through the military.’
    conveyance, carriage, transportation, transporting, transport, distribution
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    1. 1.1[count noun]An item or items delivered on a particular occasion.
      ‘new deliveries are stacked behind older stock’
      • ‘We were shown round after lunch, when the first of two daily deliveries of fresh produce was still awaited.’
      • ‘If deliveries and installations fall behind, the domino effect will cause your entire project to be delayed.’
      • ‘You could also buy kitchen utensils, towels, sheets, etc., and there were occasional deliveries of nylons and dress materials.’
      • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
      • ‘Do not disappoint with a late delivery or insufficient product or supply.’
      • ‘Resorts can only be built on deserted islands, and must be of a high standard, all with their own generators, desalination plants and produce deliveries.’
      • ‘He's also very keen to sell me on the merits of his new menswear collection, the very first deliveries of which are currently reaching his stockists.’
      • ‘The College received a delivery of 13 new computers recently, bringing the very latest technology to one of the school's two computer rooms.’
      • ‘Bulgarian cigarettes production and Bulgarian tobacco deliveries will depend on the market situation.’
      • ‘Andrea has become a familiar sight on the estate each Friday behind the wheel of her van bringing deliveries of fruit to the community.’
      • ‘They are then collected and distributed to the in-house marketplaces that form the link between incoming freight deliveries and the production line.’
      • ‘‘In the absence of such a delivery, some normal services will have to be suspended at close of business tomorrow,’ said the chief executive.’
      consignment, load, batch
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  • 2The process of giving birth.

    ‘injuries sustained during delivery’
    [count noun] ‘practically all deliveries take place in hospital’
    • ‘Plans show delivery and birthing rooms, recovery areas and related facilities.’
    • ‘The frequency of change to instrumental delivery and resuscitation at birth illustrates that many of the cases were probably infected in utero.’
    • ‘Premature birth was defined as delivery at or before 33 weeks.’
    • ‘The sauna has traditionally been associated with medical care; women commonly gave birth in saunas before hospital birth delivery became the norm.’
    • ‘La-ongta carried the baby elephant for almost 22-months and completed a safe delivery producing a healthy female specimen.’
    • ‘Guys who have been in delivery rooms watching their wives give birth will know what I am talking about.’
    • ‘We set out to determine the effect of fetal sex on birth weight, duration of labour, mode of delivery, and birth outcome.’
    • ‘The move has forced pregnant women who have been receiving care in private clinics to be sent to public hospitals for delivery or to give birth in private clinics requisitioned by the government.’
    • ‘The PSAs encourage audiences to learn more about sudden infant death syndrome and the risk factors for low birth weight and premature delivery.’
    • ‘Sometimes, during the process of delivery, the nerves passing through the babies shoulder get damaged, resulting in paralysis of the arm.’
    • ‘It's quite common for women to suffer some discomfort after childbirth, particularly if there was an episiotomy - a cut to make delivery easier.’
    • ‘Other risk factors may include premature delivery, very low birth weight, and injuries to the brain at birth.’
    • ‘After the face-to-face meeting, the woman is followed up until her delivery; and the birth outcome is recorded.’
    • ‘My mother is in the delivery room, giving birth to her son.’
    • ‘Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.’
    • ‘This study evaluated the rates of cesarean delivery related to birth weight and GDM.’
    • ‘Major malformations are often noted at delivery or shortly after birth, and a genetic consultation is usually requested prior to discharge from the hospital.’
    • ‘Caesarian deliveries were occasionally performed in the Middle Ages, but carried with them connotations of the devil, as the child would be not of woman born.’
    • ‘However, most health care professionals now agree more research is needed into the relative risks of home birth and hospital delivery.’
    • ‘A California woman is suing a hospital for wrongful death because her husband fainted and suffered a fatal injury after helping delivery room staff give her a painkilling injection.’
    birth, childbirth
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  • 3[count noun] An act of throwing, bowling, or kicking a ball, especially a cricket ball.

    ‘he reached 59 runs off only 42 deliveries’
    • ‘A splitter thrown with a three-quarters delivery, for example, doesn't always produce results.’
    • ‘He has an easy delivery and can throw multiple pitches, making him a solid candidate for a long career as a closer.’
    • ‘He has a compact delivery, and he finishes it well with his back parallel to the ground.’
    • ‘The Indian captain tried a cut shot and was caught behind just three deliveries later to give the bowler a wicket in his very first over.’
    • ‘There were too many short and wide deliveries sent down and many no balls bowled.’
    • ‘He relies on a hard sinking fastball thrown with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘Now to another heinous crime in sport: illegal bowling deliveries in cricket.’
    • ‘And why do batters feel as if they're hitting a bowling ball when they connect against certain pitchers' deliveries?’
    • ‘When he is ahead in the count, he likes to drop down to a sidearm delivery and throw a two-seam fastball or hard slider.’
    • ‘A bowler who when delivering the ball bends his elbow and then straightens it at release is deemed to sending a delivery that is not legal.’
    • ‘Hitters have their own nominees for bowling ball pitchers, whose deliveries reverberate through their arms and bodies when they make contact.’
    • ‘Most are hard throwers with flawed deliveries and crude breaking balls; otherwise, they would be starters.’
    • ‘The Laws of Cricket and the ICC playing regulations both prohibit the bowling of underarm deliveries.’
    • ‘But on its own a yorker is nothing more than a delivery in cricket which pitches under the bat.’
    • ‘The home team produced a testing delivery which the batsman was only able to block.’
    • ‘It was encouraging for Ireland's defenders to find their deliveries producing results.’
    • ‘He has an easy delivery, his ball jumps and his control is excellent.’
    • ‘Very soon the umpires' only duties could be to count the deliveries and call no balls and wides!’
    • ‘He is indispensable, not just because of his captaincy skills, but also for his ability to play spin and send down medium pace deliveries.’
    • ‘It isn't common knowledge today, but he threw his blazing fastball with a sidearm delivery.’
    ball bowled, throw, bowl, lob, pitch
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  • 4The manner or style of giving a speech.

    ‘her delivery was stilted’
    • ‘Rhetoric has everything to do with delivery, with speech, with performance, the act of constructing an oration simply being the first step.’
    • ‘In those days, his stilted style, forced delivery, and wonky timing were virtues, reinforcing our sense of his hypothetically heartwarming kidness.’
    • ‘He has had a career resurgence in recent years as a new generation discover his disarmingly relaxed performances, his superb delivery and smooth voice.’
    • ‘This summer has seen his profile ‘take-off’ as audiences and critics alike warm to his persuasive style and stage delivery.’
    • ‘But just as important as the main thrust of the speech, was its delivery.’
    • ‘My speech, my delivery, my pauses - that's me, not a put-on.’
    • ‘The workshop also highlighted the importance of dialogue delivery and the manner in which it should be done.’
    • ‘Following the collision he became moody and headstrong, his speech delivery was very slow and he walked with a slow shuffling gait due to a spastic right leg.’
    • ‘His style of delivery can be rather dull, but when the audience is paying close attention, the cadence of his speech patterns work to his advantage in that medium.’
    • ‘He was casually dressed, his speech was mediocre in delivery, but most tellingly, his body language conveyed a cool arrogance.’
    • ‘The goal: to improve listening skills, speech delivery, and responsiveness.’
    • ‘His instant quips, political satires, fluent dialogue delivery and appreciable humour has been the driving force behind the success of this program.’
    • ‘Despite that staccato speech delivery, full of furious, angry pecks at soundbites, party delegates rose at the March conference to an unprecedented show of support and genuine affection.’
    • ‘The manner in which he conducted branch meetings or indeed his professionalism in his delivery of addresses and speeches at formal functions would be sadly missed.’
    • ‘Truman's early speeches were insipid in delivery.’
    • ‘Haven't we all found the quality of our speech delivery changing with our feelings as we experience thrill, anger, fear, joy or other such strong emotions?’
    • ‘Your delivery, intonation, diction and fluency are all wrong, and you remind me of someone who hangs about on street corners, opening your jacket and trying to sell people things.’
    • ‘Its lack of responsiveness to issues of the day certainly did not befit that image, he said in a speech prepared for delivery at a conference of the Council on Higher Education.’
    • ‘In fact for relaxed and comfortable yet crystal sharp delivery of political speeches, to either an audience or a TV camera, he may have been the best there ever was.’
    • ‘This attention to performance, which is now part of the general academic world, is matched - more unusually - by an impressive and entertaining style of delivery.’
    manner of speaking, speech, pronunciation, enunciation, articulation, intonation, elocution
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  • 5The supply or provision of something.

    ‘a mechanism for rapid delivery of bile into the duodenum’
    • ‘The device is very easy to use and its automatic voice instructions guide you through the emergency shock delivery process easily.’
    • ‘This approach can identify activities and outcomes that add value and those that do not, but instead arise out of defects in the service delivery process.’
    • ‘The role of the cationic lipid in this multistep delivery process is not well understood.’
    • ‘Studies of how polyelectrolytes interact with membranes are important for understanding and improving the process of gene delivery.’
    • ‘Among the multiplicity of service encounters, some will be crucial to successful completion of the service delivery process.’
    • ‘Patients are sometimes held hostage to health care delivery processes.’
    • ‘Each delivery was a separate supply even though payment was made each week.’
    • ‘Super service can take many forms, but its two most important features are rapid delivery and reliable delivery.’
    • ‘The outcomes of most studies were metrics assessing the process of healthcare delivery with and without decision support systems.’
    • ‘He said he was fully committed to furthering the shift in the process of delivery of services from predominantly hospital based care.’
    • ‘He said: ‘If the lead body is not established by 30 June, then the board would have to begin to cut service delivery in the region.’’
    • ‘This approach can also help identify where non-value-added steps exist in the care delivery process and where bottlenecks occur.’
    • ‘Water delivery and supply to any community is a costly affair.’
    • ‘This book provides a most informative guide to how drastic funding cuts have affected healthcare delivery.’
    • ‘The result is that we have to spend more time in the consultation process which delays scheme delivery and increases cost.’
    • ‘A continuous mode produces an uninterrupted beam, whereas the pulsed mode provides rapid quanta of energy delivery with a distinct pause in between.’
    • ‘If there is no login procedure, building in elicitation methods during the process of information delivery may help to capture the relevancy decisions of a user.’
    • ‘Lets try to remove barriers to care, focus on cost effective primary care delivery, and cut down on administrative overhead costs.’
    • ‘However, understanding of the DNA delivery process is still limited and the low efficiency of lipid-based transfection is a concern.’
    • ‘The process of service delivery of employees who were or who had been users of mental health services differed from that of employees who had not.’
    supplying, supply, providing, purveying, furnishing, equipping, giving, donation, allocation, distribution, presentation
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  • 6Law
    The acknowledgement by the maker of a deed that they intend to be bound by it.

    • ‘He goes on to point out that the grantor may deliver to his own servant, if the grantor makes delivery, intending to make the deed his own deed.’


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French delivree, feminine past participle of delivrer (see deliver).