Definition of delivery in English:

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Pronunciation: /dəˈliv(ə)rē/

noun (plural deliveries)

1The action of delivering letters, packages, or ordered goods: allow up to 28 days for delivery
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  • Later, tube systems were enlarged, and new ones opened not only for the transport of telegrams but also for individual and bulk deliveries of letters and parcels.
  • Although the supply of tropical plants was down and hygiene services were disappointing, security services, parcels delivery and facilities management were very successful.
  • We have to treat this matter as urgent and to request your reply within seven days of the date of delivery of this letter.
conveyance, carriage, transportation, transport, distribution;
dispatch, remittance;
haulage, shipment
1.1A regular or scheduled occasion for this: there will be around 15 deliveries a week
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  • The company has long delivered updates every 90 days and thinks customers will favor this regular method of delivery for the rest of its products.
  • Bypass that hellish Christmas food shop by signing up for an organic delivery scheme, as a one-off or a regular delivery.
  • Is the pickup and delivery schedule convenient?
1.2An item or items delivered on a particular occasion: they are getting smaller deliveries
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  • Resorts can only be built on deserted islands, and must be of a high standard, all with their own generators, desalination plants and produce deliveries.
  • Bulgarian cigarettes production and Bulgarian tobacco deliveries will depend on the market situation.
  • Agents say that they sending back over fifty percent of some deliveries because their products don't sell very well.
consignment, load, shipment
1.3 Law The formal or symbolic handing over of property, especially a sealed deed, to a grantee or third party.
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  • An escrow refers to money put into the custody of a third party for delivery to a grantee only after the fulfillment of the conditions specified.
  • However in the circumstances I indicated that I would arrange for the Promissory Note to indicate that they have procured the delivery of the title deeds to Mr Dean and leave it at that.
  • The owner can apply to the magistrates court for an order for the delivery of the property.
2The process of giving birth: injuries sustained during delivery practically all deliveries take place in a hospital [as modifier]: the delivery room
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  • Spontaneous miscarriage, premature delivery and stillborn birth are possible results of an infected foetus.
  • A California woman is suing a hospital for wrongful death because her husband fainted and suffered a fatal injury after helping delivery room staff give her a painkilling injection.
  • Guys who have been in delivery rooms watching their wives give birth will know what I am talking about.
birth, childbirth
formal parturition
3An act of throwing or bowling a ball or striking a blow: a quick, compact delivery that sent the ball zinging
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  • Now to another heinous crime in sport: illegal bowling deliveries in cricket.
  • Hitters have their own nominees for bowling ball pitchers, whose deliveries reverberate through their arms and bodies when they make contact.
  • When he is ahead in the count, he likes to drop down to a sidearm delivery and throw a two-seam fastball or hard slider.
4The manner or style of giving a speech: her delivery was stilted
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  • In those days, his stilted style, forced delivery, and wonky timing were virtues, reinforcing our sense of his hypothetically heartwarming kidness.
  • The workshop also highlighted the importance of dialogue delivery and the manner in which it should be done.
  • Rhetoric has everything to do with delivery, with speech, with performance, the act of constructing an oration simply being the first step.
speech, pronunciation, enunciation, articulation, elocution;
utterance, recitation, recital, execution
5The supply or provision of something: delivery of electricity at a specified price
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  • Water delivery and supply to any community is a costly affair.
  • Each delivery was a separate supply even though payment was made each week.
  • A continuous mode produces an uninterrupted beam, whereas the pulsed mode provides rapid quanta of energy delivery with a distinct pause in between.


take delivery of

Receive (something purchased): we took delivery of the software in February
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  • Upon taking delivery of the bike I purchased a chain lock and was careful to apply it, even if only parking for a few minutes.
  • When did you guys actually purchase the car and take delivery of the car?
  • Members of the parish council heard that the chamber of trade took delivery of 5,000 discs in October and was told that due to budget restrictions this would be the last batch.


Late Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French delivree, feminine past participle of delivrer (see deliver).

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Syllabification: de·liv·er·y

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