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.


  1. Deliver

    Deliver is a song recorded by American girl group Fifth Harmony from their self-titled third studio album (2017). It was released on August 25, 2017 as a promotional single. The Stereotypes produced "Deliver" and wrote it with Taylor Parks, and Whitney Phillips. An R&B, pop, and soul song, it includes lyrics about sexuality. Fifth Harmony based the song on 1990s R&B music by artists including Mariah Carey and Destiny's Child. Some critics praised "Deliver" for its composition and the group's vocals, while others were uncertain about its relevancy to 2017 music. A music video, directed by David Camarena, was released on September 8, 2017. It features Fifth Harmony performing the song while wearing black gowns. Commentators wrote that classical Hollywood cinema, such as the 1953 film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, inspired the video's style and the group's performance. The music video received positive reviews from critics. Fifth Harmony promoted the single further with live performances on Live with Kelly and Ryan and their PSA Tour.


  1. deliver

    Deliver refers to the act of carrying or transporting something or someone to a particular place or recipient. It can also mean the act of performing or providing a service or fulfilling a promise or duty. Additionally, in speech or performance context, it refers to presenting, expressing or communicating an idea, speech or performance effectively.

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. Socrates:

    I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

  2. Jake Steinerman:

    Because of its placement on your head, close to your eyes, it can deliver information that traditional smartphones would never be able to produce, the ability to have a microphone close to your mouth, always listening and waiting to deliver information to you, I have found to be extremely valuable.

  3. Mark A. Clement:

    Leaders who win the respect of others are the ones who deliver more than they promise, not the ones who promise more than they can deliver.

  4. Interxion Chief Executive David Ruberg:

    Together, we expect to be able to further reduce our customers' total cost of operation, help them deliver improved functionality to their customers, and deliver industry leading quality of service.

  5. Pascal Soriot:

    Would I like to do better ? Of course. But, you know, if we deliver in February what we are planning to deliver, it's not a small volume, we are planning to deliver millions of doses to The European Union, The European Union is not small.

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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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    one whose prevailing mental imagery takes the form of inner feelings of action
    • A. jejune
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