From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishdeliverde‧liv‧er /dɪˈlɪvə $ -ər/ ●●● S2 W2 verb 🔊 🔊 1 take something somewhere [intransitive, transitive]TAKE/BRING to take goods, letters, packages etc to a particular place or person 🔊 The morning mail has just been delivered. 🔊 Do you deliver on Saturdays?deliver something to somebody 🔊 They set off to deliver supplies to an isolated village. 🔊 I’m having some flowers delivered for her birthday.► see thesaurus at take2 → deliver a speech/lecture/address etc3 do something you should do [intransitive, transitive]DOPROMISE to do or provide the things you are expected to, because you are responsible for them or they are part of your job 🔊 the costs of delivering adequate nursing care 🔊 the failure of some services to deliver the goods (=do what they have promised) 🔊 The company will deliver on its promises.4 baby [transitive]MB to help a woman give birth to her baby, or to give birth to a baby 🔊 They rushed her to hospital where doctors delivered her baby.5 blow/shock etc [transitive]GIVE to give something such as a blow, shock, or warning to someone or something 🔊 He delivered a strong warning about the dangers facing the government.6 → deliver a judgment/verdict7 person [transitive]GIVE formal to put someone into someone else’s controldeliver somebody to somebody 🔊 Sharett had betrayed him and delivered him to the enemy.8 votes [transitive] especially American EnglishPPV to get the votes or support of a particular group of people in an election 🔊 He cannot deliver the Latino vote.9 make somebody free of something [transitive]SAVE/RESCUE literary or biblical to help someone escape from something bad or evildeliver somebody from something 🔊 ‘Deliver us from evil, ’ she prayed. —deliverer noun [countable] → deliver something ↔ up→ See Verb table
Examples from the Corpusdeliver• Ask if the pizza place delivers.• I know that my father was required by his parents to drown the kittens that the family cat would periodically deliver.• Yeb's big hand closes around mine, and we wait in strangled silence to be delivered.• Election candidates frequently promise a lot more than they can deliver.• How soon can you deliver?• Mrs. Arnold is due to deliver a baby girl in April.• John delivered a funny little speech.• If the animal ignores the command, the collar delivers a mild shock.• Rev. Whitman delivered a powerful sermon.• Traditionally, local midwives would deliver all the babies in the area.• Attention switched to the new Coronations then being delivered, and the other six Vambacs failed to materialise.• Your computer will be delivered between 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.• Julia's third child had to be delivered by caesarean section.• And the new genre of populist politicians will have to deliver far more than free elections.• As a boy, Ralph delivered newspapers on a bicycle.• Yet again the management has failed to deliver on its promise to provide extra staff training.• The birth was so quick that my husband had to deliver the baby himself.• Our family doctor delivered the baby.• Ford, a Democrat, is able to deliver the black vote in his hometown of Memphis.• Do you think she will be able to deliver the goods?• The Prime Minister's economic development strategy has not delivered the promised benefits.• Budget cuts have affected the state's ability to deliver the services citizens expect.• The packed courtroom was hushed as the jury delivered their verdict.• Unfortunately the package was delivered to the wrong address.• If your order is ready, it will be delivered to you tomorrow.• In reality the service is more likely to concentrate on delivering wall-to-wall feature films, interactive games and e-shopping.having ... delivered• Snags with ready-mix Are there any snags in having ready-mixed concrete delivered?• Having delivered an heir to the Kang clan, her place was secure, unlike with my birth.• The advisory council goes out of business now, having delivered its long-awaited report.• Mathilde was still in childbed, of course, having been delivered safely of a girl on the morning after the storm.• They put the beer on the bunker and backed away, having delivered the fruits of the mission.• Having delivered them he would invariably check with any reporters present that they had been appropriately appreciated.deliver the goods• Farrell said the team would win big, but he couldn't deliver the goods.• All nine of the players work very hard, actually, delivering the goods.• But the scoreboards are a continuing reminder they have to make it work, and deliver the goods.• There are a few out-and-out strikers who can be guaranteed to deliver the goods.• Ultimately, they said, it broke down because it simply could not deliver the goods.• In that case there is no obligation on the seller to deliver the goods and none on the buyer to pay.• For years almost all the research on ability grouping and tracking has demonstrated that it does not deliver the goods as promised.• How can you convince potential customers that you're reliable, and will deliver the goods that you promise?• The truth may be that Pyongyang's generals were unwilling to deliver the goods to the Pentagon's generals.deliver somebody to somebody• Judas delivered Christ to the Romans.