American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To bring or transport to the proper place or recipient; distribute: deliver groceries; deliver the mail.
- v. To surrender (someone or something) to another; hand over: delivered the criminal to the police.
- v. To secure (something promised or desired), as for a candidate or political party: campaign workers who delivered the ward for the mayor.
- v. To throw or hurl: The pitcher delivered the ball.
- v. To strike (a blow).
- v. To express in words; declare or utter: deliver a lecture.
- v. To give birth to: She delivered a baby boy this morning.
- v. To assist (a woman) in giving birth: The doctor delivered her of twins.
- v. To assist or aid in the birth of: The midwife delivered the baby.
- v. To give forth or produce: The oil well delivered only 50 barrels a day.
- v. To set free, as from misery, peril, or evil: deliver a captive from slavery. See Synonyms at save1.
- 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.
- 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.
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. Thus, plaster-of-Paris molds in potteries are often left unoiled so as to absorb the water freely from the clay, which will then deliver. Molds for plaster casts are oiled for the same reason. Sec draw.
- Free; nimble; active; light; agile.
- See deliber.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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
fromor out of.
- 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
upor over, toor into.
- v. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart.
- v. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge
- v. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with
- v. Poetic To discover; to show.
- v. obsolete To deliberate.
- v. obsolete To admit; to allow to pass.
- adj. obsolete Free; nimble; sprightly; active.
- 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
- Anglo-Norman and Old French delivrer, from Latin delīberō with a change of consonant. (Wiktionary)
- 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)
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“Indonesia's death toll rose to over 330 from a tsunami and a volcano, as relief workers struggled in deliver aid.”
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