Definition of delivery in English:

delivery

noun

  • 1The action of delivering letters, packages, or ordered goods.

    ‘allow up to 28 days for delivery’
    count noun ‘there will be around 15 deliveries a week’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two profound changes in our society have enabled small companies such as us to survive: the Internet and parcel delivery systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the supply of tropical plants was down and hygiene services were disappointing, security services, parcels delivery and facilities management were very successful.’
    • ‘The petition calls on the government to intervene to stop the planned deregulation of letter post delivery.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While letter delivery in the UK is a lucrative market, the profitability of door-to-door services is not uniform throughout the country.’
    • ‘He suggested that the students attempt delivery of the letters through the military.’
    • ‘At night, it became a parcel sorting platform for the parcel office for delivery next day.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I went to see the relative of a friend of mine, to drop off a letter for delivery by private courier.’
    • ‘Think of rechecking the parcel delivery, rechecking the phone call.’
    • ‘The leading supplier in home delivery of specialty medical supplies including diabetes testing kits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The delivery of supplies - the inputs needed for manufacturing - leaves much to be desired.’
    conveyance, carriage, transportation, transporting, transport, distribution
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    1. 1.1 An item or items delivered on a particular occasion.
      ‘they are getting smaller deliveries’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘In the absence of such a delivery, some normal services will have to be suspended at close of business tomorrow,’ said the chief executive.’
      • ‘We were shown round after lunch, when the first of two daily deliveries of fresh produce was still awaited.’
      • ‘You could also buy kitchen utensils, towels, sheets, etc., and there were occasional deliveries of nylons and dress materials.’
      • ‘Do not disappoint with a late delivery or insufficient product or supply.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
      • ‘They are then collected and distributed to the in-house marketplaces that form the link between incoming freight deliveries and the production line.’
      • ‘If deliveries and installations fall behind, the domino effect will cause your entire project to be delayed.’
      consignment, load, batch
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    2. 1.2Law The formal or symbolic handing over of property, especially a sealed deed, to a grantee or third party.
      • ‘However in the circumstances I indicated that I would arrange for the Promissory Note to indicate that they have procured the delivery of the title deeds to Mr Dean and leave it at that.’
      • ‘It was signed last May, but in no way sealed, and delivery is uncertain.’
      • ‘The owner can apply to the magistrates court for an order for the delivery of the property.’
      • ‘Moreover, the agreement was to be executed under seal and such execution requires unconditional delivery and not a delivery in escrow.’
      • ‘An escrow refers to money put into the custody of a third party for delivery to a grantee only after the fulfillment of the conditions specified.’
      • ‘The agreements require the delivery of the original bank and corporate documents, initially to the escrow agent for verification and then onward to the applicant's order.’
  • 2The process of giving birth.

    ‘injuries sustained during delivery’
    ‘practically all deliveries take place in a hospital’
    as modifier ‘the delivery room’
    • ‘Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.’
    • ‘We set out to determine the effect of fetal sex on birth weight, duration of labour, mode of delivery, and birth outcome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Plans show delivery and birthing rooms, recovery areas and related facilities.’
    • ‘It's quite common for women to suffer some discomfort after childbirth, particularly if there was an episiotomy - a cut to make delivery easier.’
    • ‘The frequency of change to instrumental delivery and resuscitation at birth illustrates that many of the cases were probably infected in utero.’
    • ‘My mother is in the delivery room, giving birth to her son.’
    • ‘Premature birth was defined as delivery at or before 33 weeks.’
    • ‘Guys who have been in delivery rooms watching their wives give birth will know what I am talking about.’
    • ‘Major malformations are often noted at delivery or shortly after birth, and a genetic consultation is usually requested prior to discharge from the hospital.’
    • ‘However, most health care professionals now agree more research is needed into the relative risks of home birth and hospital delivery.’
    • ‘La-ongta carried the baby elephant for almost 22-months and completed a safe delivery producing a healthy female specimen.’
    • ‘Sometimes, during the process of delivery, the nerves passing through the babies shoulder get damaged, resulting in paralysis of the arm.’
    • ‘Other risk factors may include premature delivery, very low birth weight, and injuries to the brain at birth.’
    • ‘This study evaluated the rates of cesarean delivery related to birth weight and GDM.’
    • ‘After the face-to-face meeting, the woman is followed up until her delivery; and the birth outcome is recorded.’
    • ‘The PSAs encourage audiences to learn more about sudden infant death syndrome and the risk factors for low birth weight and premature 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.’
    • ‘The sauna has traditionally been associated with medical care; women commonly gave birth in saunas before hospital birth delivery became the norm.’
    • ‘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.’
    birth, childbirth
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  • 3An act of throwing or bowling a ball or striking a blow.

    ‘a quick, compact delivery that sent the ball zinging’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘He has an easy delivery and can throw multiple pitches, making him a solid candidate for a long career as a closer.’
    • ‘It was encouraging for Ireland's defenders to find their deliveries producing results.’
    • ‘And why do batters feel as if they're hitting a bowling ball when they connect against certain pitchers' deliveries?’
    • ‘He is indispensable, not just because of his captaincy skills, but also for his ability to play spin and send down medium pace deliveries.’
    • ‘A splitter thrown with a three-quarters delivery, for example, doesn't always produce results.’
    • ‘Now to another heinous crime in sport: illegal bowling deliveries in cricket.’
    • ‘He relies on a hard sinking fastball thrown with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Hitters have their own nominees for bowling ball pitchers, whose deliveries reverberate through their arms and bodies when they make contact.’
    • ‘The home team produced a testing delivery which the batsman was only able to block.’
    • ‘There were too many short and wide deliveries sent down and many no balls bowled.’
    • ‘Very soon the umpires' only duties could be to count the deliveries and call no balls and wides!’
    • ‘He has an easy delivery, his ball jumps and his control is excellent.’
    • ‘It isn't common knowledge today, but he threw his blazing fastball with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘He has a compact delivery, and he finishes it well with his back parallel to the ground.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Most are hard throwers with flawed deliveries and crude breaking balls; otherwise, they would be starters.’
    ball bowled, throw, bowl, lob, pitch
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  • 4The manner or style of giving a speech.

    ‘her delivery was stilted’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But just as important as the main thrust of the speech, was its 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?’
    • ‘This summer has seen his profile ‘take-off’ as audiences and critics alike warm to his persuasive style and stage delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His instant quips, political satires, fluent dialogue delivery and appreciable humour has been the driving force behind the success of this program.’
    • ‘My speech, my delivery, my pauses - that's me, not a put-on.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rhetoric has everything to do with delivery, with speech, with performance, the act of constructing an oration simply being the first step.’
    • ‘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 those days, his stilted style, forced delivery, and wonky timing were virtues, reinforcing our sense of his hypothetically heartwarming kidness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The goal: to improve listening skills, speech delivery, and responsiveness.’
    • ‘The workshop also highlighted the importance of dialogue delivery and the manner in which it should be done.’
    • ‘He has had a career resurgence in recent years as a new generation discover his disarmingly relaxed performances, his superb delivery and smooth voice.’
    • ‘He was casually dressed, his speech was mediocre in delivery, but most tellingly, his body language conveyed a cool arrogance.’
    • ‘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.’
    manner of speaking, speech, pronunciation, enunciation, articulation, intonation, elocution
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  • 5The supply or provision of something.

    ‘delivery of electricity at a specified price’
    • ‘However, understanding of the DNA delivery process is still limited and the low efficiency of lipid-based transfection is a concern.’
    • ‘He said he was fully committed to furthering the shift in the process of delivery of services from predominantly hospital based care.’
    • ‘Super service can take many forms, but its two most important features are rapid delivery and reliable delivery.’
    • ‘The result is that we have to spend more time in the consultation process which delays scheme delivery and increases cost.’
    • ‘Each delivery was a separate supply even though payment was made each week.’
    • ‘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 device is very easy to use and its automatic voice instructions guide you through the emergency shock delivery process easily.’
    • ‘The role of the cationic lipid in this multistep delivery process is not well understood.’
    • ‘A continuous mode produces an uninterrupted beam, whereas the pulsed mode provides rapid quanta of energy delivery with a distinct pause in between.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This book provides a most informative guide to how drastic funding cuts have affected healthcare delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The outcomes of most studies were metrics assessing the process of healthcare delivery with and without decision support systems.’
    • ‘Water delivery and supply to any community is a costly affair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This approach can also help identify where non-value-added steps exist in the care delivery process and where bottlenecks occur.’
    • ‘Lets try to remove barriers to care, focus on cost effective primary care delivery, and cut down on administrative overhead costs.’
    supplying, supply, providing, purveying, furnishing, equipping, giving, donation, allocation, distribution, presentation
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Phrases

  • take delivery of

    • Receive (something purchased)

      ‘we took delivery of the software in February’
      • ‘Blackerne farm near Castle Douglas, took delivery of 90 cows on Friday.’
      • ‘Vehicle dismantlers are now charging to collect or take delivery of most unwanted vehicles and, as a consequence, it is cheaper for the owners to simply abandon the vehicle.’
      • ‘He said that at the present time every family in Ireland was taking delivery of two small orange boxes.’
      • ‘When did you guys actually purchase the car and take delivery of the car?’
      • ‘We took delivery of thirty-two flat-pack moving cartons today, along with the associated bubble wrap and sticky tape.’
      • ‘He will also be taking delivery of rather large amounts of a local product.’
      • ‘Members of the parish council heard that the chamber of trade took delivery of 5,000 discs in October and was told that due to budget restrictions this would be the last batch.’
      • ‘But at least they're doing something about it now, taking delivery of two new generators in August which will be operational by the middle of next year.’
      • ‘He was presented with the jacket at a ceremony as other members of the team took delivery of 28 new gas-powered water flotation devices.’
      • ‘Upon taking delivery of the bike I purchased a chain lock and was careful to apply it, even if only parking for a few minutes.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

delivery

/dəˈliv(ə)rē//dəˈlɪv(ə)ri/