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Anglo-Norman and Old French delivrer, from Latin delīberō with a change of consonant.



deliver (third-person singular simple present delivers, present participle delivering, simple past and past participle delivered)

  1. To set free.
    deliver a captive from the prison
  2. To give birth.
    she delivered a baby boy yesterday
  3. To assist in the birth of.
    the doctor delivered the baby
  4. (formal, with "of") To assist (a female) in bearing, that is, in bringing forth (a child).
    the duchess was delivered of a son
    the doctor is expected to deliver her of a daughter tomorrow
    • Gower
      She was delivered safe and soon.
  5. (figuratively) To free from or disburden of anything.
    • Peacham
      Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.
  6. To bring or transport something to its destination.
    deliver a package;  deliver the mail
  7. To hand over or surrender (someone or something) to another.
    deliver the thief to the police
    • Bible, Genesis xl. 13
      Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
    • Shakespeare
      The constables have delivered her over.
    • Alexander Pope
      The exalted mind / All sense of woe delivers to the wind.
  8. To express in words, declare, or utter.
    deliver a speech
  9. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge.
    to deliver a blow
    • Sidney
      shaking his head and delivering some show of tears
    • Sir Walter Scott
      An uninstructed bowler [] thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward.
  10. To discover; to show.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll deliver myself your loyal servant.
  11. (obsolete) To admit; to allow to pass.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)


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Last modified on 8 April 2014, at 03:48