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verb deliver pronunciation in British English /dɪˈlɪvə(r)/
Word Forms
present tense
present participledelivering
past tensedelivered
past participledelivered
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  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 looked after
      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 their 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 government deliver on its 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
    We’ll soon be delivering this software on multiple platforms.
  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] if you deliver a blow or punch to part of someones body, you hit them there very hard
    deliver a blow/punch: She delivered a hefty blow to his stomach.
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  10. 10
    [transitive] to help a woman to give birth to a baby
    The baby was delivered by a paramedic.
  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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