verb (used with object)
to carry and turn over (letters, goods, etc.) to the intended recipient or recipients: to deliver mail; to deliver a package.
to give into another's possession or keeping; surrender: to deliver a prisoner to the police; to deliver a bond.
to bring (votes) to the support of a candidate or a cause.
to give forth in words; utter or pronounce: to deliver a verdict; to deliver a speech.
to give forth or emit: The oil well delivers 500 barrels a day.
to strike or throw: to deliver a blow.
to set free or liberate: The Israelites were delivered from bondage.
to release or save: Deliver me from such tiresome people!
to assist (a female) in bringing forth young: The doctor delivered her of twins.
to assist at the birth of: The doctor delivered the baby.
to give birth to: She delivered twins at 4 a.m.
to disburden (oneself) of thoughts, opinions, etc.
to make known; assert.
verb (used without object)
to give birth.
to provide a delivery service for goods and products: The store delivers free of charge.
to do or carry out as promised: an ad agency known for delivering when a successful campaign is needed.
Archaic. agile; quick.

1175–1225; Middle English delivren < Old French delivrer < Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, equivalent to dē- de- + līberāre to liberate

deliverer, noun
misdeliver, verb (used with object)
outdeliver, verb (used with object)
predeliver, verb (used with object)
undelivered, adjective
well-delivered, adjective

1. hand over, transfer, cede, yield. 4. communicate, announce, proclaim, publish. 7. emancipate, release. 8. redeem, rescue.

7. confine.
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deliver (dɪˈlɪvə)
vb (often foll by over or up) (foll by of)
1.  to carry (goods, etc) to a destination, esp to carry and distribute (goods, mail, etc) to several places: to deliver letters; our local butcher delivers
2.  to hand over, transfer, or surrender
3.  (often foll by from) to release or rescue (from captivity, harm, corruption, etc)
4.  (also intr)
 a.  to aid in the birth of (offspring)
 b.  to give birth to (offspring)
 c.  (usually foll by of) to aid or assist (a female) in the birth (of offspring)
 d.  to give birth (to offspring)
5.  to utter or present (a speech, oration, idea, etc)
6.  See deliver deliver the goods
7.  to utter (an exclamation, noise, etc): to deliver a cry of exultation
8.  to discharge or release (something, such as a blow or shot) suddenly
9.  chiefly (US) to cause (voters, constituencies, etc) to support a given candidate, cause, etc: can you deliver the Bronx?
10.  deliver oneself of to speak with deliberation or at length: to deliver oneself of a speech
11.  informal deliver the goods to produce or perform something promised or expected
[C13: from Old French delivrer, from Late Latin dēlīberāre to set free, from Latin de- + līberāre to free]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., from O.Fr. delivrer, from L.L. deliberare, from L. de- "away" + liberare "to free" (see deliberation). Sense of "hand over" is late 13c., which brings it in opposition to its root. Meaning "bring to childbirth" (unburden) is c.1300; that of "project, throw"
is 1590s. Related: Deliverable (1755).
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Medical Dictionary

deliver de·liv·er (dĭ-lĭv'ər)
v. de·liv·ered, de·liv·er·ing, de·liv·ers

  1. To assist a woman in giving birth to a baby.

  2. To extract something from an enclosed place, as a foreign body or a tumor.

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