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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
de•liv•er /dɪˈlɪvɚ/USA pronunciation
v. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
- [ ~ + obj] to carry and turn over to the person receiving:delivered the letter last week.
- [no obj] to provide a service for carrying and turning over letters, goods, and products:That pizza place delivers at no extra charge.
- [ ~ + obj] to give into another's possession or keeping;
surrender:to deliver a prisoner to the police.
- [ ~ + obj] to give forth in words;
utter or pronounce:to deliver a speech.
- [ ~ + obj] to strike or throw:to deliver a blow.
- [ ~ + obj + from + obj] to set free or liberate;
save:Moses delivered his people from bondage.
- [ ~ + obj] to help or assist at the birth of:The doctor delivered the baby.
- to do or carry out (something) as promised: [ ~ + obj]:In this job you have to deliver results.[ no obj]:I expect you to deliver on your promises soon.
(di liv′ər),USA pronunciation v.t.
- to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients:to deliver mail; to deliver a package.
- to give into another's possession or keeping;
surrender:to deliver a prisoner to the police; to deliver a bond.
- to bring (votes) to the support of a candidate or a cause.
- to give forth in words;
utter or pronounce:to deliver a verdict; to deliver a speech.
- to give forth or emit:The oil well delivers 500 barrels a day.
- to strike or throw:to deliver a blow.
- to set free or liberate:The Israelites were delivered from bondage.
- to release or save:Deliver me from such tiresome people!
- to assist (a female) in bringing forth young:The doctor delivered her of twins.
- Medicineto assist at the birth of:The doctor delivered the baby.
- Medicineto give birth to:She delivered twins at 4 a. m.
- to disburden (oneself ) of thoughts, opinions, etc.
- to make known;
- Medicineto give birth.
- to provide a delivery service for goods and products:The store delivers free of charge.
- to do or carry out as promised:an ad agency known for delivering when a successful campaign is needed.
- Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, equivalent. to dē- de- + līberāre to liberate
- Old French delivrer
- Middle English delivren 1175–1225
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . hand over, transfer, cede, yield.
- 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . communicate, announce, proclaim, publish.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . emancipate, release.
- 8.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . redeem, rescue.
- 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged . confine.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
deliver /dɪˈlɪvə/ vb (mainly tr)
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French delivrer, from Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, from Latin de- + līberāre to freedeˈliverable adj deˈliverer n
- to carry (goods, etc) to a destination, esp to carry and distribute (goods, mail, etc) to several places: to deliver letters, our local butcher delivers
- often followed by over or up: to hand over, transfer, or surrender
- (often followed by from) to release or rescue (from captivity, harm, corruption, etc)
- (also intr) to aid in the birth of (offspring)
- to give birth to (offspring)
- (usually followed by of) to aid or assist (a female) in the birth (of offspring)
- (passive) followed by of: to give birth (to offspring)
- to utter (an exclamation, noise, etc): to deliver a cry of exultation
- to discharge or release (something, such as a blow or shot) suddenly
- chiefly US to cause (voters, constituencies, etc) to support a given candidate, cause, etc
- deliver oneself of ⇒ to speak with deliberation or at length
- deliver the goods ⇒ informal to produce or perform something promised or expected
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