Definition of delivery noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dɪˈlɪvəri//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈlɪvəri//
    (pl. deliveries) Baseball, Cricket, Online shopping, Birth
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  1. 1  [uncountable, countable] the act of taking goods, letters, etc. to the people they have been sent to a delivery van Please pay for goods on delivery (= when you receive them). Allow 28 days for delivery. Is there a postal/mail delivery on Saturdays? (formal) When can you take delivery of (= be available to receive) the car? (figurative) the delivery of public services See related entries: Online shopping
  2. 2[countable, uncountable] the process of giving birth to a baby an easy/difficult delivery a delivery room/ward (= in a hospital, etc.) See related entries: Birth
  3. 3[singular] the way in which somebody speaks, sings a song, etc. in public The beautiful poetry was ruined by her poor delivery.
  4. 4[countable] a ball that is thrown, especially in cricket or baseball a fast delivery See related entries: Baseball, Cricket
  5. Word Originlate Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French delivree, feminine past participle of delivrer, based on Latin de- ‘away’ + liberare ‘set free’. Extra examplesDigital content delivery, especially music and video, is the next big business. Ensure all material is properly packed and sent by recorded delivery. He was employed at the local grocery store as a delivery boy. Order by 30 November to ensure delivery by Christmas. Please pay the driver on delivery. She had a very easy delivery with her second child. The company offers free delivery to your home. The cuts will inevitably impact on service delivery. The figures show an increase in forceps deliveries. The government has now taken delivery of the new fighter planes. The shop receives only one delivery of books per week. We are awaiting delivery of some new office furniture. We do all our deliveries in the mornings. We guarantee delivery before 9 a.m. the next day. We have invested to improve service delivery. We need more efficient delivery of humanitarian aid. We offer free home delivery. a pizza delivery boy an electronic message delivery system completed orders for delivery guaranteed express delivery to over 170 countries A delivery van was waiting in the street outside. Allow 28 days for delivery. Are there any delivery charges? At the moment there are two deliveries a day. Is there a mail delivery on Sundays? Please pay for goods on delivery. She had made a delivery to the address earlier that day. We have regular deliveries of bread and milk to the cottage. We offer free delivery on orders over $200. When will you be able to take delivery of the car?Idioms (abbreviation COD) a system of paying for goods when they are delivered
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