• WordNet 3.6
    • v deliver cause to be born "My wife had twins yesterday!"
    • v deliver deliver (a speech, oration, or idea) "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"
    • v deliver utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.) "The students delivered a cry of joy"
    • v deliver pass down "render a verdict","deliver a judgment"
    • v deliver bring to a destination, make a delivery "our local super market delivers"
    • v deliver throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball "The pitcher delivered the ball"
    • v deliver relinquish possession or control over "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"
    • v deliver to surrender someone or something to another "the guard delivered the criminal to the police","render up the prisoners","render the town to the enemy","fork over the money"
    • v deliver carry out or perform "deliver an attack", "deliver a blow","The boxer drove home a solid left"
    • v deliver hand over to the authorities of another country "They extradited the fugitive to his native country so he could be tried there"
    • v deliver free from harm or evil
    • v deliver save from sins
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first American president to deliver a speech over the radio was Warren G. Harding
    • a Deliver Free; nimble; sprightly; active. "Wonderly deliver and great of strength."
    • Deliver To admit; to allow to pass.
    • Deliver To deliberate.
    • Deliver To discover; to show. "I 'll deliver Myself your loyal servant."
    • Deliver To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of. "She was delivered safe and soon.""Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones."
    • Deliver To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball. "Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears.""An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it."
    • Deliver To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; -- often with up or over to or into. "Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.""The constables have delivered her over.""The exalted mind
      All sense of woe delivers to the wind."
    • Deliver To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart. "Till he these words to him deliver might.""Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art, and the latter the perfection."
    • Deliver To set free from restraint; to set at liberty; to release; to liberate, as from control; to give up; to free; to save; to rescue from evil actual or feared; -- often with from or out of; as, to deliver one from captivity, or from fear of death. "He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.""Promise was that I
      Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: 66% of wedding cards are hand delivered by people
    • deliver To free; release or rescue, as from captivity, oppression, or evil; set free; set at liberty: as, to deliver one from captivity.
    • deliver To give or hand over; transfer; put into another's possession or power; commit; pass to another: as, to deliver a letter.
    • deliver To surrender; yield; give up: as, to deliver a fortress to an enemy: often followed by up, and sometimes by over: as, to deliver up the city; to deliver up stolen goods; to deliver over money held in trust.
    • deliver To disburden of a child in childbirth; aid in parturition; hence, figuratively, to disburden of intellectual progeny.
    • deliver To discharge; cast; strike; fire: as, he delivered the blow straight from the shoulder; to deliver a broadside.
    • deliver To make known; impart, as information.
    • deliver To utter, pronounce, or articulate, as words; produce, as tones in singing; enunciate formally, as before an assemblage: as, to deliver an oration; he delivered the notes badly.
    • deliver Synonyms To set free, liberate, extricate. To cede, grant, relinquish, give up. Pronounce, etc. See utter
    • deliver In molding, to leave the mold easily. Thus, plaster-of-Paris molds in potteries are often left unoiled so as to absorb the water freely from the clay, which will then deliver. Molds for plaster casts are oiled for the same reason. Sec draw.
    • deliver Free; nimble; active; light; agile.
    • deliver See deliber.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1900, coffee was often delivered door-to-door in the United States, by horse-pulled wagons.
    • v.t Deliver de-liv′ėr to liberate or set free from restraint or danger: to rescue from evil or fear: to give up or part with: to communicate: to pronounce: to give forth, as a blow, a ball, &c.: to disburden a woman of a child in childbirth
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  • Samuel Goldwyn
    “Pictures are for entertainment, messages should be delivered by Western Union.”
  • Thomas Kempis
    “The intention which is fixed on God as its only end will keep people steady in their purposes, and deliver them from being the joke and scorn of fortune.”
  • Giordano Bruno
    Giordano Bruno
    “It may be you fear more to deliver judgment upon me than I fear judgment.”
  • George Jessel
    George Jessel
    “The human brain is a wonderful organ. It starts to work as soon as you are born and doesn't stop until you get up to deliver a speech.”
  • William James Mayo
    William James Mayo
    “Lord, deliver me from the person who never makes a mistake, and also from the person who makes the same mistake twice.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Promise only what you can deliver. Then deliver more than you promise.”


Deliver the goods - Do what is required, come up to expectations. For example, Kate delivered the goods and got us the five votes we needed. This phrase alludes to delivering an order of groceries or other items. [Colloquial; second half of 1800s]
Signed, sealed and delivered - If something's signed, sealed and delivered, it has been done correctly, following all the necessary procedures.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. délivrer, LL. deliberare, to liberate, give over, fr. L. de, + liberare, to set free. See Liberate
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. délivrer—L. de, from, liberāre, to set free—liber, free.


In literature:

Then cried we unto Thee, O Lord, and Thou didst deliver us out of our distress.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
This day, Davus, have I been delivered by your means.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer, (AKA) Terence
At this time I was about to be delivered of my second son, and my father was dangerously ill, expected to die.
"The Autobiography of Madame Guyon" by Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
To deliver up their ministers.
"Fox's Book of Martyrs" by John Foxe
The Targums are ancient Jewish paraphrases on the scriptures, which were delivered in the synagogs in the languages of the common people.
"Jesus the Christ" by James Edward Talmage
Father, deliver me from this hour!
"King of the Jews" by William T. Stead
I too, have my prison-house, and only the Lord can deliver me.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The men agreed to donate all the work they could, and, with ox teams, delivered the lumber in the old building.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
Then the prophetess Deborah, the wife of Lappidoth, delivered Israel.
"The Children's Bible" by Henry A. Sherman
Astor's alertness, willingness, loyalty, and ability to obey, delivered his employer over into his hands.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 11 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard

In poetry:

Come two hours hence.
I will deliver you the letter signed.
Make ready for your ride.
"The Dance To Death. Act II" by Emma Lazarus
I told you,
I said—
but I was lying—
that the knife was for my mother . . .
and then I delivered her.
"Flee On Your Donkey" by Anne Sexton
In every new distress
We'll to his house repair;
We'll think upon his wondrous grace,
And seek deliv'rance there.
"Psalm 48 part 1" by Isaac Watts
Methinks, thy jubilee to keep,
The first-made anthem rang
On earth, delivered from the deep,
And the first poet sang.
"To The Rainbow" by Thomas Campbell
Born thy people to deliver,
Born a child, and yet a King,
Born to reign in us for ever,
Now thy gracious kingdom bring.
"Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus" by Charles Wesley
Our fathers trusted in thy name,
And great deliv'rance found;
But I'm a worm, despised of men,
And trodden to the ground.
"Psalm 22 part 1" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Advisers insist stadium will be filled when President Barack Obama delivers his speech.
When rancher Karen Bueche had a truck load of hay delivered in late October, she had no idea what kind of headaches were unloaded on her property in Black Forest .
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Sam Shepard delivers a beautifully understated performance in the Tribeca Film Festival-screened western which imagines the bank robber quietly living as a rancher.
I can't get enough of gritty stage dramas like "True West" or "Death of a Salesman," and wry comedies such as "Seminar" or "Art" always deliver.
Ohio bands deliver badass tunes for everyone.
Later this year, the chassis is expected to be delivered to Bloodhound 's Bristol technical center in England for outfitting ahead of practice runs next summer.
But that hasn't stopped Yamaha from delivering a nicely updated YZ-F to the hungry world of motocross.
Clint Eastwood delivers remarks at the 2012 Republican National Convention, utilizing some novel tactics to address President Obama.
ST PETERSBURG, Fla. General manager Ben Cherington delivered a message to that segment of the Boston Red Sox fan base/media types who contend the best course the Red Sox could take is to blow up the roster: That's not happening.
Vendors deliver a broad suite of new functionality.
Still, plumbing systems for delivering either type of fuel to its tank must be installed so as to prevent leaks and minimize the possibility of fire.
Bocce 's on Bailey never fails to deliver.
Ace Hood delivers another free mixtape to download, ' Body Bag Vol 2.

In science:

Klebanov, Talk delivered at Lennyfest, Stanford, May 2000.
U-duality Between NCOS Theory and Matrix Theory
The SNII energy delivered to the hot gas in a galaxy group or cluster of total stellar mass M∗t is M∗tηI I ǫSN ESN where ǫSN is the efficiency that the supernova energy is delivered to the thermal energy of the hot gas.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
As a guide, we have chosen the stellar mass of the NGC 2563 group to calibrate the amount of SNII energy delivered to the hot gas in groups.
Entropy Evolution in Galaxy Groups and Clusters; A Comparison of External and Internal Heating
The bidimensional likelihood delivers the best rejection factor and will be studied further in order to optimize the final detector design.
Prototype tests for the ALICE TRD
The SAURON pro ject will deliver two-dimensional spectroscopic data of a sample of nearby early-type galaxies with unprecedented quality.
Probing the stellar populations of early-type galaxies: the SAURON survey