What does delivery mean?

Definitions for delivery
dɪˈlɪv ə ride·liv·e·ry

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word delivery.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. delivery, bringingnoun

    the act of delivering or distributing something (as goods or mail)

    "his reluctant delivery of bad news"

  2. deliverynoun

    the event of giving birth

    "she had a difficult delivery"

  3. manner of speaking, speech, deliverynoun

    your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally

    "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"

  4. delivery, livery, legal transfernoun

    the voluntary transfer of something (title or possession) from one party to another

  5. pitch, deliverynoun

    (baseball) the act of throwing a baseball by a pitcher to a batter

  6. rescue, deliverance, delivery, savingnoun

    recovery or preservation from loss or danger

    "work is the deliverance of mankind"; "a surgeon's job is the saving of lives"

  7. delivery, obstetrical deliverynoun

    the act of delivering a child


  1. deliverynoun

    The act of conveying something

    The delivery was completed by four.

  2. deliverynoun

    The item which has been conveyed

    Your delivery is on the table.

  3. deliverynoun

    The act of giving birth

    The delivery was painful.

  4. deliverynoun

    A pitching motion

    His delivery has a catch in it.

  5. deliverynoun

    A thrown pitch

    Here is the delivery; ... strike three!

  6. deliverynoun

    The manner of speaking

    The actor's delivery was flawless.

  7. deliverynoun

    administration of a drug

    Drug delivery system.

  8. deliverynoun

    A ball bowled

  9. deliverynoun

    The process of throwing a stone

  10. deliveryadjective

    Related to delivery.

  11. deliverynoun

    Plural form of deliveryman.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Deliverynoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He swore, with sobs,
    That he would labour my delivery. William Shakespeare, Richard III.

    After the delivery of your royal father’s person into the hands of the army, I undertaking to the queen mother, that I would find some means to get access to him, she was pleased to send me. John Denham, Dedication.

    Nor did he in any degree contribute to the delivery of his house, which was at first imagined, because it was so ill, or not at all defended. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

    We alledge what the scriptures themselves do usually speak, for the saving force of the word of God, not with restraint to any certain kind of delivery, but howsoever the same shall chance to be made known. Richard Hooker, b. v. sect. 22.

    The earl was the taller, and much the stronger; but the duke had the neater limbs, and freer delivery. Henry Wotton.

    Like as a woman with child, that draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, and crieth out. Is. xxvi. 7.


  1. delivery

    Delivery refers to the act of transporting goods or services to a recipient or customer. It involves the movement of items from a sender or supplier to a designated location or person. This can be done through various means such as transportation, shipping, or courier services. Delivery can apply to a wide range of products, including physical goods, digital content, meals, packages, or documents. It is an essential aspect of supply chain management and customer service, ensuring that goods or services reach their intended destination in a timely and efficient manner.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Deliverynoun

    the act of delivering from restraint; rescue; release; liberation; as, the delivery of a captive from his dungeon

  2. Deliverynoun

    the act of delivering up or over; surrender; transfer of the body or substance of a thing; distribution; as, the delivery of a fort, of hostages, of a criminal, of goods, of letters

  3. Deliverynoun

    the act or style of utterance; manner of speaking; as, a good delivery; a clear delivery

  4. Deliverynoun

    the act of giving birth; parturition; the expulsion or extraction of a fetus and its membranes

  5. Deliverynoun

    the act of exerting one's strength or limbs

  6. Deliverynoun

    the act or manner of delivering a ball; as, the pitcher has a swift delivery


  1. Delivery

    A delivery or ball in cricket is a single action of bowling a cricket ball towards the batsman. During play of the game, a member of the fielding team is designated as the bowler, and bowls deliveries towards the batsman. Six balls in a row constitutes an over, after which a different member of the fielding side takes over the role of bowler for the next over. The bowler delivers the ball from his or her end of the pitch towards the batsman standing at the opposite wicket at the other end of the pitch. Bowlers can be either left handed or right handed. This approach to their delivery, in addition to their decision of bowling around the wicket or over the wicket is knowledge of which the umpire and the batsman are to be made aware.

Editors Contribution

  1. delivery

    To deliver or distribute.

    The delivery was on time and efficient.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 15, 2020  

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delivery' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2837

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delivery' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3133

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'delivery' in Nouns Frequency: #1085

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of delivery in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of delivery in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of delivery in a Sentence

  1. Haywood Brown:

    It became clear that early elective delivery prior to 39 weeks was associated with higher neonatal morbidity and mortality. As such, quality initiatives around early elective delivery were discouraged and hospitals adapted guidelines that discouraged elective delivery prior to 39 weeks.

  2. Ahti Heinla:

    When you as a consumer, when you find it convenient for you, you call up the delivery using your smartphone. And then the robot gets loaded with your parcel in our hub and it drives to your doorstep. And that takes about 20 minutes. So instead of having a delivery window of half a day or something that you're getting your delivery sometime during today; you can pick a delivery window that is like ten minutes.

  3. Sherri Dickson:

    Pregnancy was easy, i was very fortunate … I was playing tennis a week before I delivered, and working out with my trainer, but the delivery at 51 was way harder than the delivery at 33 with my last baby.

  4. Chase LeBlanc:

    The manner of your delivery always matters when you are charged with delivering the deliverables.

  5. David Letterman:

    Fine art and pizza delivery, what we do falls neatly in between!

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Translations for delivery

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  • توزيع, ميلاد, تسليم, توصيل, مخاض, وضع, إلقاء, ولادةArabic
  • родыBelarusian
  • раждане, доставкаBulgarian
  • zásilka, doručení, podání, porodCzech
  • Lieferung, Entbindung, GeburtGerman
  • διανομή, γένναGreek
  • nacimiento, entrega, partoSpanish
  • saadetis, tarneEstonian
  • synnytys, lähetys, äänenkäyttö, toimitus, annostelu, syöttöFinnish
  • parturition, naissance, accouchement, livraison, administrationFrench
  • lìbhrigeadhScottish Gaelic
  • הוֹבָלָה, מִשְׁלוֹחַ, לֵידָה, שְלִיחָה, מְסִירָהHebrew
  • वितरणHindi
  • szülés, átadás, kézbesítésHungarian
  • consegnaItalian
  • 話し方, 伝送, お産, 配達, 投球, 分娩, 弁舌, 出産, 引き渡しJapanese
  • 분만, 투구, 배달, 해산, 말솜씨, 출산, 투구법Korean
  • partumLatin
  • испорака, пораѓање, достава, праткаMacedonian
  • geboorte, bevalling, levering, verlossingDutch
  • leveranseNorwegian
  • poród, dostawaPolish
  • lançamento, administração, entrega, partoPortuguese
  • livrareRomanian
  • рождение, доставка, поставка, завоз, роды, развозкаRussian
  • порођај, porodjajSerbo-Croatian
  • leverans, förlossningSwedish
  • பிரசவம்Tamil
  • ప్రసవంTelugu
  • родиUkrainian
  • 交貨Chinese

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