from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To bring or transport to the proper place or recipient; distribute: deliver groceries; deliver the mail.
- transitive v. To surrender (someone or something) to another; hand over: delivered the criminal to the police.
- transitive v. To secure (something promised or desired), as for a candidate or political party: campaign workers who delivered the ward for the mayor.
- transitive v. To throw or hurl: The pitcher delivered the ball.
- transitive v. To strike (a blow).
- transitive v. To express in words; declare or utter: deliver a lecture.
- transitive v. To give birth to: She delivered a baby boy this morning.
- transitive v. To assist (a woman) in giving birth: The doctor delivered her of twins.
- transitive v. To assist or aid in the birth of: The midwife delivered the baby.
- transitive v. To give forth or produce: The oil well delivered only 50 barrels a day.
- transitive v. To set free, as from misery, peril, or evil: deliver a captive from slavery. See Synonyms at save1.
- intransitive v. To produce or achieve what is desired or expected; make good: The senator delivered on her pledge. He is a manager who just can't seem to deliver.
- intransitive v. To give birth: She expects to deliver in late August.
- idiom deliver (oneself) of To pronounce; utter: Before leaving I delivered myself of a few choice comments.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To set free.
- v. To give birth.
- v. To assist in the birth of.
- v. To bring or transport something to its destination.
- v. To hand over or surrender (someone or something) to another.
- v. To express in words, declare, or utter.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. 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.
- transitive v. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart.
- transitive v. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge
- transitive v. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of.
- transitive v. To discover; to show.
- transitive v. To deliberate.
- transitive v. To admit; to allow to pass.
- adj. Free; nimble; sprightly; active.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To free; release or rescue, as from captivity, oppression, or evil; set free; set at liberty: as, to deliver one from captivity.
- To give or hand over; transfer; put into another's possession or power; commit; pass to another: as, to deliver a letter.
- To surrender; yield; give up: as, to deliver a fortress to an enemy: often followed by up, and sometimes by over: as, to deliver up the city; to deliver up stolen goods; to deliver over money held in trust.
- To disburden of a child in childbirth; aid in parturition; hence, figuratively, to disburden of intellectual progeny.
- To discharge; cast; strike; fire: as, he delivered the blow straight from the shoulder; to deliver a broadside.
- To make known; impart, as information.
- To utter, pronounce, or articulate, as words; produce, as tones in singing; enunciate formally, as before an assemblage: as, to deliver an oration; he delivered the notes badly.
- Synonyms To set free, liberate, extricate. To cede, grant, relinquish, give up. Pronounce, etc. See utter
- In molding, to leave the mold easily.
- Free; nimble; active; light; agile.
- See deliber.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. carry out or perform
- v. pass down
- v. to surrender someone or something to another
- v. free from harm or evil
- v. utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)
- v. relinquish possession or control over
- v. throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
- v. save from sins
- v. hand over to the authorities of another country
- v. deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
- v. cause to be born
- v. bring to a destination, make a delivery
Middle English deliveren, from Old French delivrer, from Late Latin dēlīberāre : Latin dē-, de- + līberāre, to free (from līber, free; see leudh- in Indo-European roots).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Anglo-Norman and Old French delivrer, from Latin delīberō with a change of consonant. (Wiktionary)