What does deliver mean?

Definitions for deliver
dɪˈlɪv ərde·liv·er

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word deliver.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. deliver, present(verb)

    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)

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

  2. deliver(verb)

    bring to a destination, make a delivery

    "our local super market delivers"

  3. hand over, fork over, fork out, fork up, turn in, deliver, render(verb)

    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, deliver(verb)

    free from harm or evil

  5. extradite, deliver, deport(verb)

    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, return(verb)

    pass down

    "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment"

  7. deliver(verb)

    utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)

    "The students delivered a cry of joy"

  8. deliver, redeem, save(verb)

    save from sins

  9. deliver, drive home(verb)

    carry out or perform

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

  10. surrender, cede, deliver, give up(verb)

    relinquish possession or control over

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

  11. deliver, pitch(verb)

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

    "The pitcher delivered the ball"

  12. give birth, deliver, bear, birth, have(verb)

    cause to be born

    "My wife had twins yesterday!"


  1. deliver(Verb)

    To set free.

    deliver a captive from the prison

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

  2. deliver(Verb)

    To give birth.

    she delivered a baby boy yesterday

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

  3. deliver(Verb)

    To assist in the birth of.

    the doctor delivered the baby

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

  4. deliver(Verb)

    To bring or transport something to its destination.

    deliver a package, deliver the mail

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

  5. deliver(Verb)

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

    deliver the thief to the police

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

  6. deliver(Verb)

    To express in words, declare, or utter.

    deliver a speech

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deliver(verb)

    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

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

  2. Deliver(verb)

    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

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

  3. Deliver(verb)

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

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

  4. Deliver(verb)

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

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

  5. Deliver(verb)

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

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

  6. Deliver(verb)

    to discover; to show

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

  7. Deliver(verb)

    to deliberate

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

  8. Deliver(verb)

    to admit; to allow to pass

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

  9. Deliver(verb)

    free; nimble; sprightly; active

    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, relived, reviled

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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. Philip Yun:

    For them to deliver on a threat, they have to have intent and they have to have capability. And quite frankly, I don't think they have both. kim Jong Un has got a large party congress that's going to be happening in May. And this is all about, for him, again, additional consolidation of power. Kim Jong'll want to get rid and justify getting rid of any enemies Kim Jong may have.

  2. Jeremy Hunt:

    When I talk to European leaders this is do-able, one of the reasons that they stopped talking to us before was because they didn't think that the British government would deliver the British parliament. That's what we need to change.

  3. Jason Rubin:

    There's a large number of gamers on Facebook Gaming that aren't playing games. We believe the reason for that is we haven't been able to deliver the games that they want to play.

  4. Olympic Committee Secretary General:

    We would like to thank the IAAF for the trust they have placed in us and guarantee to deliver on our commitments, We extend our warmest appreciation to the teams from Eugene and Barcelona for their friendship, fair play and respect throughout the bidding process. .

  5. Nosher Ali:

    Such illiterate imams of mosques should not be allowed to deliver speeches. His arrest is under the National Action Plan that hate speeches inciting violence are no longer allowed in this country.

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  • نقلArabic
  • избавям, раждам, освобождавам, доставямBulgarian
  • doručit, osvobodit, odvázat, poroditCzech
  • tage imod, overbringe, nedkomme, omdele, levere, udlevere, barsle, ombære, befri, overgive, indlevere, udfri, holde, udbringe, forløse, aflevere, overlevereDanish
  • erlösen, liefern, befreien, abliefern, gebärenGerman
  • παραδίδωGreek
  • liveriEsperanto
  • entregar, parir, liberar, dar a luzSpanish
  • kuljettaa, pitää, toimittaa, vapaa, vapauttaa, synnyttää, päästää, kätilöidä, luovuttaaFinnish
  • livrerFrench
  • lìbhrigScottish Gaelic
  • haifuHausa
  • उद्धारHindi
  • szállít, megszabadítHungarian
  • consegnareItalian
  • 引き渡す, 届ける, 演説する, 解放する, 手渡す, 出産する, 配達する, 説くJapanese
  • liberaLatin
  • هنتر, hantarMalay
  • afleveren, bevrijden, barenDutch
  • befri, levereNorwegian
  • dostarczaćPolish
  • parir, entregar, dar à luz, libertarPortuguese
  • quyQuechua
  • livraRomanian
  • доставить, доставлятьRussian
  • oslobòditi, dòstaviti, poròditiSerbo-Croatian
  • föda, förlösa, levereraSwedish

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    diverge from the expected
    • A. excogitate
    • B. fluster
    • C. aberrate
    • D. monish

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