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Definition of deliver verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deliver
    he / she / it delivers
    past simple delivered
    -ing form delivering
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    take goods/letters
  1. 1[transitive, intransitive] to take goods, letters, etc. to the person or people they have been sent to; to take someone somewhere deliver something Do you have your groceries delivered? deliver (something) to somebody/something Leaflets have been delivered to every household. deliver (to somebody/something) We promise to deliver within 48 hours.
  2. give speech
  3. 2[transitive] deliver something to give a speech, talk, etc. or other official statement She is due to deliver a lecture on genetic engineering. He delivered his lines confidently. The jury finally delivered its verdict.
  4. keep promise
  5. 3[intransitive, transitive] to do what you promised to do or what you are expected to do; to produce or provide what people expect you to He has promised to finish the job by June and I am sure he will deliver. deliver on something She always delivers on her promises. deliver something If you can't deliver improved sales figures, you're fired. The team delivered a stunning victory last night. Successive administrations have failed to deliver adequate funding for education. the failure of successive administrations to deliver economic growth
  6. give to someone's control
  7. 4[transitive] deliver somebody/something (up/over) (to somebody) (formal) to give someone or something to someone else so that they are under this person's control They delivered their prisoner over to the invading army.
  8. baby
  9. 5[transitive] deliver a baby to help a woman to give birth to a baby The baby was delivered by Caesarean section.
  10. 6[transitive] be delivered of a baby (formal) to give birth to a baby She was delivered of a healthy boy.
  11. throw
  12. 7[transitive] deliver something to throw or aim something He delivered the blow (= hit someone hard) with all his force.
  13. rescue
  14. 8[transitive] deliver somebody (from something) (old use) to rescue someone from something bad synonym save Deliver us from evil.
  15. Idioms
    deliver the goods, come up with the goods (informal)
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    to do what you have promised to do or what people expect or want you to do We expected great things from the new government, but so far they have failed to deliver the goods.
    signed and sealed, signed, sealed, and delivered
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    definite, because all the legal documents have been signed
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: deliver