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From Middle English deliveren, from Anglo-Norman and Old French delivrer, from Latin + līberō (to set free).



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

  1. To set free from restraint or danger.
    deliver a captive from the prison
    Synonyms: free, liberate, release
  2. (process) To do with birth.
    1. To assist in the birth of.
      the doctor delivered the baby
    2. (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
    3. To give birth to.
      she delivered a baby boy yesterday
  3. To free from or disburden of anything.
    • 1622, Henry Peacham, The Compleat Gentleman
      Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.
  4. To bring or transport something to its destination.
    deliver a package;  deliver the mail
  5. To hand over or surrender (someone or something) to another.
    deliver the thief to the police
  6. (intransitive, informal) To produce what was expected or required.
    • 2004, Detroit News, Detroit Pistons: Champions at Work (page 86)
      "You know, he plays great sometimes when he doesn't score," Brown said. "Tonight, with Rip (Richard Hamilton) struggling, we needed somebody to step up, and he really did. He really delivered."
    • 2020 February 18, “UK to close door to non-English speakers and unskilled workers”, in The Guardian[1]:
      However, ministers argue they are delivering the Brexit demanded by the electorate – and say it is time for businesses to wean themselves off cheap migrant labour.
  7. To express in words or vocalizations, declare, utter, or vocalize.
    deliver a speech
  8. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge.
    to deliver a blow
  9. To discover; to show.
  10. (obsolete) To admit; to allow to pass.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  11. (medicine) To administer a drug.


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