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verb     deliver pronunciation in American English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledelivering
past tensedelivered
past participledelivered
  1. 1
    [transitive] to take something, especially goods or letters, to a place

    The package was delivered this morning.

    deliver something to something:

    Would you like to have the latest fashions delivered to your door?

    deliver something by hand:

    Your flowers will be delivered by hand to your door on the day of your choice.

    1. a.
      to give information or documents to someone

      The message was delivered by the Finnish ambassador.

      deliver something to someone:

      These records should be delivered to the Registrar at the end of every financial year.

    2. b.
      to take someone to a place where they will be guarded or taken care of
      deliver someone to:

      He was safely delivered to his hotel.

  2. 2
    [transitive] formal to give a formal talk to a group of people
    deliver a speech/lecture/address:

    The main speech was delivered by Anne Samson.

  3. 3
    [transitive] to give an official decision

    The jury returned to deliver its verdict.

  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] to do something that you have promised to do

    No one believed that he would be able to deliver everything that he had promised.

    deliver on:

    How will the president deliver on his election promises?

  5. 5
    [transitive] to provide a service

    These reforms will enable us to deliver health services more efficiently.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to win votes or support, especially for a political party

    We’re counting on you to deliver votes from younger people.

  7. 7
    [transitive] computing to make a computer program available
  8. 8
    [transitive] computing if a computer delivers a particular amount of power, speed, or effectiveness, it makes it available for you to use

    A two-processor configuration should deliver 57 MIPS.

  9. 9
    [transitive] to help a woman to give birth to a baby

    The baby was delivered by a paramedic.

  10. 10
    [transitive] if you deliver a blow or punch to part of someone’s body, you hit them there very hard
    deliver a blow/punch:

    She delivered a hefty blow to his stomach.

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  11. 11
    [transitive] formal to free someone from an unpleasant situation
    deliver someone from something:

    It was another hundred years before they were finally delivered from slavery.

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