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



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. (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
      • Gower
        She was delivered safe and soon.
    3. To give birth.
      she delivered a baby boy yesterday
  3. To free from or disburden of anything.
    • Henry Peacham (1578-c.1644)
      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
    • 1898, Winston Churchill, chapter 10, in The Celebrity:
      Mr. Cooke had had a sloop yacht built at Far Harbor, the completion of which had been delayed, and which was but just delivered.
  5. 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.
    • William Shakespeare (1564-1616)
      The constables have delivered her over.
    • Alexander Pope (1688-1744)
      The exalted mind / All sense of woe delivers to the wind.
  6. To express in words, declare, or utter.
    deliver a speech
  7. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge.
    to deliver a blow
    • Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)
      shaking his head and delivering some show of tears
    • Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832)
      An uninstructed bowler [] thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward.
  8. To discover; to show.
  9. (obsolete) To admit; to allow to pass.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Francis Bacon to this entry?)
  10. (medicine) To administer a drug.


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