Definition of delivery in English:



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

    ‘allow up to 28 days for delivery’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 petition calls on the government to intervene to stop the planned deregulation of letter post delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At night, it became a parcel sorting platform for the parcel office for delivery next day.’
    • ‘He suggested that the students attempt delivery of the letters through the military.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Although the supply of tropical plants was down and hygiene services were disappointing, security services, parcels delivery and facilities management were very successful.’
    • ‘While letter delivery in the UK is a lucrative market, the profitability of door-to-door services is not uniform throughout the country.’
    • ‘Think of rechecking the parcel delivery, rechecking the phone call.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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. 1.1A regular or scheduled occasion for this.
      [count noun] ‘there will be around 15 deliveries a week’
      • ‘We offer weekly or bi-weekly deliveries that you can start, stop, or hold at any time.’
      • ‘Bypass that hellish Christmas food shop by signing up for an organic delivery scheme, as a one-off or a regular delivery.’
      • ‘The first delivery is scheduled for next April.’
      • ‘Is the pickup and delivery schedule convenient?’
      • ‘We couldn't handle many more weekly boxes without a major shift in scheduling and delivery, so this pattern of slow growth suits us.’
      • ‘The company has long delivered updates every 90 days and thinks customers will favor this regular method of delivery for the rest of its products.’
      • ‘The milk man still does daily deliveries here.’
    2. 1.2An item or items delivered on a particular occasion.
      ‘they are getting smaller deliveries’
      • ‘We were shown round after lunch, when the first of two daily deliveries of fresh produce was still awaited.’
      • ‘Do not disappoint with a late delivery or insufficient product or supply.’
      • ‘Andrea has become a familiar sight on the estate each Friday behind the wheel of her van bringing deliveries of fruit to the community.’
      • ‘Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.’
      • ‘If deliveries and installations fall behind, the domino effect will cause your entire project to be delayed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Bulgarian cigarettes production and Bulgarian tobacco deliveries will depend on the market situation.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The College received a delivery of 13 new computers recently, bringing the very latest technology to one of the school's two computer rooms.’
      • ‘‘In the absence of such a delivery, some normal services will have to be suspended at close of business tomorrow,’ said the chief executive.’
      • ‘You could also buy kitchen utensils, towels, sheets, etc., and there were occasional deliveries of nylons and dress materials.’
      • ‘They are then collected and distributed to the in-house marketplaces that form the link between incoming freight deliveries and the production line.’
      consignment, load, batch
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    3. 1.3Law The formal or symbolic handing over of property, especially a sealed deed, to a grantee or third party.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Moreover, the agreement was to be executed under seal and such execution requires unconditional delivery and not a delivery in escrow.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2The process of giving birth.

    ‘injuries sustained during delivery’
    ‘practically all deliveries take place in a hospital’
    [as modifier] ‘the delivery room’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The PSAs encourage audiences to learn more about sudden infant death syndrome and the risk factors for low birth weight and premature delivery.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mother is in the delivery room, giving birth to her son.’
    • ‘Major malformations are often noted at delivery or shortly after birth, and a genetic consultation is usually requested prior to discharge from the hospital.’
    • ‘This study evaluated the rates of cesarean delivery related to birth weight and GDM.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes, during the process of delivery, the nerves passing through the babies shoulder get damaged, resulting in paralysis of the arm.’
    • ‘We set out to determine the effect of fetal sex on birth weight, duration of labour, mode of delivery, and birth outcome.’
    • ‘The frequency of change to instrumental delivery and resuscitation at birth illustrates that many of the cases were probably infected in utero.’
    • ‘The sauna has traditionally been associated with medical care; women commonly gave birth in saunas before hospital birth delivery became the norm.’
    • ‘After the face-to-face meeting, the woman is followed up until her delivery; and the birth outcome is recorded.’
    • ‘Plans show delivery and birthing rooms, recovery areas and related facilities.’
    • ‘Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘La-ongta carried the baby elephant for almost 22-months and completed a safe delivery producing a healthy female specimen.’
    • ‘However, most health care professionals now agree more research is needed into the relative risks of home birth and hospital delivery.’
    • ‘Other risk factors may include premature delivery, very low birth weight, and injuries to the brain at birth.’
    • ‘It's quite common for women to suffer some discomfort after childbirth, particularly if there was an episiotomy - a cut to make delivery easier.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Laws of Cricket and the ICC playing regulations both prohibit the bowling of underarm 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.’
    • ‘It was encouraging for Ireland's defenders to find their deliveries producing results.’
    • ‘He has an easy delivery and can throw multiple pitches, making him a solid candidate for a long career as a closer.’
    • ‘Now to another heinous crime in sport: illegal bowling deliveries in cricket.’
    • ‘The home team produced a testing delivery which the batsman was only able to block.’
    • ‘It isn't common knowledge today, but he threw his blazing fastball with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘But on its own a yorker is nothing more than a delivery in cricket which pitches under the bat.’
    • ‘There were too many short and wide deliveries sent down and many no balls bowled.’
    • ‘He has a compact delivery, and he finishes it well with his back parallel to the ground.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘Hitters have their own nominees for bowling ball pitchers, whose deliveries reverberate through their arms and bodies when they make contact.’
    • ‘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 relies on a hard sinking fastball thrown with a sidearm delivery.’
    • ‘A splitter thrown with a three-quarters delivery, for example, doesn't always produce results.’
    • ‘And why do batters feel as if they're hitting a bowling ball when they connect against certain pitchers' deliveries?’
    ball bowled, throw, bowl, lob, pitch
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  • 4The manner or style of giving a speech.

    ‘her delivery was stilted’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘My speech, my delivery, my pauses - that's me, not a put-on.’
    • ‘His instant quips, political satires, fluent dialogue delivery and appreciable humour has been the driving force behind the success of this program.’
    • ‘He has had a career resurgence in recent years as a new generation discover his disarmingly relaxed performances, his superb delivery and smooth voice.’
    • ‘The workshop also highlighted the importance of dialogue delivery and the manner in which it should be done.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He was casually dressed, his speech was mediocre in delivery, but most tellingly, his body language conveyed a cool arrogance.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The goal: to improve listening skills, speech delivery, and responsiveness.’
    • ‘Truman's early speeches were insipid in delivery.’
    • ‘Rhetoric has everything to do with delivery, with speech, with performance, the act of constructing an oration simply being the first step.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This summer has seen his profile ‘take-off’ as audiences and critics alike warm to his persuasive style and stage delivery.’
    • ‘In those days, his stilted style, forced delivery, and wonky timing were virtues, reinforcing our sense of his hypothetically heartwarming kidness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But just as important as the main thrust of the speech, was its delivery.’
    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’
    • ‘Each delivery was a separate supply even though payment was made each week.’
    • ‘Patients are sometimes held hostage to health care delivery processes.’
    • ‘He said he was fully committed to furthering the shift in the process of delivery of services from predominantly hospital based care.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Studies of how polyelectrolytes interact with membranes are important for understanding and improving the process of gene delivery.’
    • ‘This approach can also help identify where non-value-added steps exist in the care delivery process and where bottlenecks occur.’
    • ‘The result is that we have to spend more time in the consultation process which delays scheme delivery and increases cost.’
    • ‘Super service can take many forms, but its two most important features are rapid delivery and reliable delivery.’
    • ‘Water delivery and supply to any community is a costly affair.’
    • ‘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.’’
    • ‘The device is very easy to use and its automatic voice instructions guide you through the emergency shock delivery process easily.’
    • ‘However, understanding of the DNA delivery process is still limited and the low efficiency of lipid-based transfection is a concern.’
    • ‘Lets try to remove barriers to care, focus on cost effective primary care delivery, and cut down on administrative overhead costs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Among the multiplicity of service encounters, some will be crucial to successful completion of the service delivery process.’
    • ‘This book provides a most informative guide to how drastic funding cuts have affected healthcare delivery.’
    • ‘The outcomes of most studies were metrics assessing the process of healthcare delivery with and without decision support systems.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A continuous mode produces an uninterrupted beam, whereas the pulsed mode provides rapid quanta of energy delivery with a distinct pause in between.’
    • ‘The role of the cationic lipid in this multistep delivery process is not well understood.’
    supplying, supply, providing, purveying, furnishing, equipping, giving, donation, allocation, distribution, presentation
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Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French delivree, feminine past participle of delivrer (see deliver).