What does Deliver mean?

Definitions for Deliver
dɪˈlɪv ərde·liv·er

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. deliver, presentverb

    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

    "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students"

  2. deliververb

    bring to a destination, make a delivery

    "our local super market delivers"

  3. hand over, fork over, fork out, fork up, turn in, deliver, renderverb

    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"

  4. rescue, deliververb

    free from harm or evil

  5. extradite, deliver, deportverb

    hand over to the authorities of another country

    "They extradited the fugitive to his native country so he could be tried there"

  6. render, deliver, returnverb

    pass down

    "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"

  7. deliververb

    utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)

    "The students delivered a cry of joy"

  8. deliver, redeem, saveverb

    save from sins

  9. deliver, drive homeverb

    carry out or perform

    "deliver an attack", "deliver a blow"; "The boxer drove home a solid left"

  10. surrender, cede, deliver, give upverb

    relinquish possession or control over

    "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in"

  11. deliver, pitchverb

    throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball

    "The pitcher delivered the ball"

  12. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, haveverb

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"


  1. deliververb

    To set free.

    deliver a captive from the prison

  2. deliververb

    To give birth.

    she delivered a baby boy yesterday

  3. deliververb

    To assist in the birth of.

    the doctor delivered the baby

  4. deliververb

    To bring or transport something to its destination.

    deliver a package, deliver the mail

  5. deliververb

    To hand over or surrender (someone or something) to another.

    deliver the thief to the police

  6. deliververb

    To express in words, declare, or utter.

    deliver a speech

  7. Etymology: and delivrer, from delibero with a change of consonant.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To DELIVERverb

    Etymology: delivrer, French.

    In any case thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down. Deut. xxiv. 13.

    Now therefore receive no more money of your acquaintance, but deliver it for the breaches of the house. 2 Kings.

    Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place; and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner, when thou wast his butler. Gen. xl. 13.

    It was no wonder that they, who at such a time could be corrupted to frame and deliver such a petition, would not be reformed by such an answer. John Dryden, Æn. Dedicat.

    Charm’d with that virtuous draught, th’ exalted mind
    All sense of woe delivers to the wind. Alexander Pope, Odyssey, b. iv.

    And David said to him, canst thou bring me down to this company? And he said, swear unto me by God, that thou wilt neither kill me, nor deliver me into the hands of my master, and I will bring thee down to this company. 1 Sa.

    They obeyed not thy commandments, wherefore thou hast delivered us for a spoil, and unto captivity. Tob. iii. 4.

    Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. Ps. lxxi. 4.

    I was like to be apprehended for the witch of Brainford; but that my admirable dexterity of wit, counterfeiting the action of an old woman, delivered me. William Shakespeare, M. W. of Windsor.

    Thus she the captive did deliver;
    The captive thus gave up his quiver. Matthew Prior.

    A mirth-moving jest,
    Which his fair tongue, conceit’s expositor,
    Delivers in such apt and gracious words,
    That aged ears play truant at his tales. William Shakespeare.

    Tell me your highness’ pleasure;
    What from your grace I shall deliver to him. William Shakespeare, R. III.

    I knew a clergyman, who appeared to deliver his sermon without looking into his notes. Jonathan Swift.

    On her fright and fears,
    She is something before her time deliver’d. William Shakespeare, Winter’s Tale.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones too. Henry Peacham, on Poetry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deliververb

    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

  2. Deliververb

    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

  3. Deliververb

    to make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart

  4. Deliververb

    to give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball

  5. Deliververb

    to free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of

  6. Deliververb

    to discover; to show

  7. Deliververb

    to deliberate

  8. Deliververb

    to admit; to allow to pass

  9. Deliververb

    free; nimble; sprightly; active

  10. Etymology: [OF. delivre free, unfettered. See Deliver, v. t.]


  1. Deliver

    Deliver is the third album by The Mamas & the Papas, released in 1967. It charted at #2 in Billboard's "Top Pop" albums for 1967. Three of the album's singles ranked in the "Pop Singles" chart: "Dedicated to the One I Love" at #2, "Creeque Alley" at #5 and "Look Through My Window" at #24. The album was first issued on CD in 1988 and is included in its entirety on All the Leaves Are Brown, a retrospective compilation of the band's first four albums and various singles. The album's title was an in-joke among the group, as recording commenced shortly after Cass Elliot gave birth to her daughter, Owen. Given the social stigma of unwed mothers at the time, both the pregnancy and the birth had been kept a closely guarded secret from the public, and the LP's name was meant to imply that Cass and the others had "delivered" a newborn creative creation.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Deliver

    de-liv′ėr, v.t. 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.—adj. Deliv′erable.—ns. Deliv′erance, act of delivering or freeing: act of transferring from one to another: parturition: the utterance of a judgment or authoritative opinion; Deliv′erer; Deliv′ery, the act of delivering: a giving up: the act or manner of speaking in public, of discharging a shot, of throwing a cricket-ball, of pouring water, &c.: the act of giving birth.—General delivery, the delivery of letters from a post-office window to the persons to whom they are addressed—opp. to house to house delivery; Gaol, or Jail, delivery (see Gaol). [Fr. délivrer—L. de, from, liberāre, to set free—liber, free.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. deliver

    To yield, to rescue, to deliver battle, to deliver a broadside, a shot, or a blow. Also, to take goods from the ship to the shore. To discharge a cargo from a vessel into the keeping of its consignees.

Editors Contribution

  1. deliver

    To bring or transport.

    They did deliver the goods on time to the person that ordered them.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

  2. deliver

    To express.

    They were asked to deliver a speech so they ensured they did their research and used positive words to forecast the future success of the business.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deliver' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4462

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deliver' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2717

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Deliver' in Verbs Frequency: #316

Anagrams for Deliver »

  1. livered

  2. relived

  3. reviled

  4. deviler

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deliver in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Deliver in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Deliver in a Sentence

  1. The Justice Department:

    Stephen Alford is alleged to have been involved in a scheme to obtain money based upon false promises or guarantees Stephen Alford made to the victim that Stephen Alford could deliver a Presidential Pardon for a family member of the victim.

  2. Joe Biden:

    Today we're again showing the American people that as a country we can come together, as House Democrats and Republicans and independents, and do big things ; that our democracy can deliver... and outperform autocracies, and that there's nothing we can't do when we do it together as the United States of America.

  3. Julie Girling:

    However, unlike the European Commission, I believe this exemption must be time limited so that we can be sure that the CORSIA (Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation) will deliver its objectives.

  4. Fernando Alonso:

    We still believe we can deliver 17 airplanes this year, or produce 17 airplanes and have them ready for delivery, whether it is 17 or 16, at the end of the day we are going to be very close to where we thought we would be.

  5. Mawlavi Abdullah Mohammad:

    We [ act ] with accordance to Sharia law, firstly, we inform people about good deeds. We preach to them and deliver the message to them in a nice way ; the second time we repeat to them, again ; the third time we speak to them slightly harshly.

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  • نقلArabic
  • избавям, доставям, освобождавам, раждамBulgarian
  • odvázat, doručit, porodit, osvoboditCzech
  • holde, omdele, levere, udfri, udlevere, forløse, barsle, udbringe, aflevere, ombære, befri, overgive, indlevere, nedkomme, tage imod, overlevere, overbringeDanish
  • gebären, erlösen, liefern, abliefern, befreienGerman
  • παραδίδωGreek
  • liveriEsperanto
  • entregar, liberar, dar a luz, parirSpanish
  • kätilöidä, päästää, synnyttää, kuljettaa, pitää, vapauttaa, toimittaa, luovuttaa, vapaaFinnish
  • livrerFrench
  • lìbhrigScottish Gaelic
  • haifuHausa
  • उद्धारHindi
  • szállít, megszabadítHungarian
  • consegnareItalian
  • 解放する, 配達する, 手渡す, 演説する, 届ける, 引き渡す, 説く, 出産するJapanese
  • liberaLatin
  • هنتر, hantarMalay
  • baren, afleveren, bevrijdenDutch
  • befri, levereNorwegian
  • dostarczaćPolish
  • entregar, dar à luz, libertar, parirPortuguese
  • quyQuechua
  • livraRomanian
  • доставлять, доставитьRussian
  • poròditi, oslobòditi, dòstavitiSerbo-Croatian
  • förlösa, föda, levereraSwedish

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