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

  • adj. Free; nimble; sprightly; active.
  • 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.

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


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Anglo-Norman and Old French delivrer, from Latin delīberō with a change of consonant.



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