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deliver

verb uk   /dɪˈlɪv.ər/ us    //

deliver verb (TAKE)

B1 [T] to take goods, letters, parcels, etc. to people's houses or places of work: Mail is delivered to our office twice a day. The shop is delivering our new bed on Thursday.

deliver verb (GIVE)

B2 [T] to give, direct, or aim something: The priest delivered a passionate sermon/speech against war. The jury delivered a verdict of not guilty. The police said that it was the blow that had been delivered (= given) to her head that had killed her. The bowler tripped as he was delivering the ball (= throwing it towards the person with the bat).

deliver verb (PRODUCE)

C1 [I or T] to achieve or produce something that has been promised: The government has failed to deliver (what it promised).mainly US The Republicans are relying on their agricultural policies to deliver the farmers' vote (= to persuade farmers to vote for them).

deliver verb (GIVE BIRTH)

[T] to (help) give birth to a baby: She delivered her third child at home. The baby was delivered by a midwife.formal The princess has been delivered of (= has given birth to) a healthy baby boy.

deliver verb (SAVE)

[T] formal to save someone from a painful or bad experience: Is there nothing that can be done to deliver these starving people from their suffering?
deliverance
noun [U] uk   /-əns/ formal us  
We pray for deliverance from our sins.
deliverer
noun [C] uk   /r/ us    // formal
Moses was the deliverer of the Israelites from Egypt.
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