Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: delivrer, from Latin liberare 'to set free'


Related topics: Birth, Voting
de‧liv‧er S2 W2

take something somewhere

[intransitive and transitive] 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.

deliver a speech/lecture/address etc

to make a speech etc to a lot of people:
The king delivered a televised speech to the nation on Nov 5.

do something you should do

[intransitive and transitive] 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.


[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.

blow/shock etc

[transitive] 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.

deliver a judgment/verdict

SCL to officially state a formal decision or judgment:
The jury delivered a verdict of unlawful killing.


[transitive] formal to put someone into someone else's control
deliver somebody to somebody
Sharett had betrayed him and delivered him to the enemy.


[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.

make somebody free of something

[transitive] literary or biblical to help someone escape from something bad or evil
deliver somebody from something
'Deliver us from evil,' she prayed.
deliverer noun [countable]

deliver something ↔ up

phrasal verb
to give something to someone else:
A bankrupt must deliver up all his books, papers and records.

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