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uk /dɪˈlɪv.ər/ us /dɪˈlɪv.ɚ/

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 furniture store is delivering our new bed on Thursday.

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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 delivered (= given) to her head that killed her.
The pitcher tripped as he delivered the ball (= threw it towards the person with the bat).

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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).

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noun [ U ] uk /dɪˈlɪv.ər.əns/ us /dɪˈlɪv.ər.əns/ formal

We pray for deliverance from our sins.
noun [ C ] uk /dɪˈlɪv.ər.ər/ us /dɪˈlɪv.ɚ.ɚ/ formal

Moses was the deliverer of the Israelites from Egypt.

(Definition of “deliver” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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us /dɪˈlɪv·ər/

deliver verb (TAKE TO)

[ I/T ] to take goods, letters, or packages to people’s houses or places of work:

[ T ] We had the pizza delivered.
[ T ] We call our pharmacy with the doctor’s prescription and ask them to deliver it.
[ I ] We deliver anywhere in the city.

deliver verb (GIVE)

[ T ] to give or produce a speech or result:

The president is scheduled to deliver a speech on foreign policy.
The jury delivered a verdict of not guilty.

deliver verb (GIVE BIRTH)

[ T ] to give birth to a baby, or to help someone do this:

Dr. Adams delivered all three of my children.

deliver verb (PRODUCE)

[ I/T ] to achieve or produce something promised or expected:

[ I ] You pay your dues, and you expect the union to deliver.

(Definition of “deliver” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deliver" in Business English

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uk /dɪˈlɪvər/ us

[ I or T ] to take goods, letters, parcels, etc. to a place:

deliver goods/mail/products Manufacturers can deliver goods directly from factories.
Most stores will deliver between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
deliver sth to sb/sth Together, the three groups deliver 340,000 meals a year to homebound people.

[ T ] to provide a service:

We want world-class wages and conditions for our people to match the world class services that they deliver.
The company is working tirelessly to deliver improved services for passengers.

[ I or T ] to achieve, provide, or produce something:

The price wars we see among retailers are a direct result of their need to maximise market share and deliver profits to shareholders.
deliver a rise/increase in sth We have been able to deliver a 40% rise in revenues and profits for the seventh successive year.

[ I ] to do something that has been promised:

The main complaint from analysts is that the company says all the right things but fails to deliver.
In particular, critics cite his failure to deliver on a promise to attract half-a-million customers for the new service by last summer.

[ I or T ] to manufacture and supply something to a customer:

Boeing predicts that manufacturers will deliver 28,600 airplanes worth $2.8 trillion by 2026.
Our key aim is to deliver a quality product to the consumer.
Officials say the merger should be invisible, as the new company will continue to deliver electricity and gas to customers and be regulated by the same body.

[ T ] to make a speech or an official statement:

deliver a briefing/report/speech She is due to deliver a keynote speech to finance ministers this afternoon.
The water industry regulator is due to deliver his verdict on the proposed takeover today.
deliver content

to provide information, text, and pictures for a book, website, etc.:

The digital entertainment company is working with hardware companies, trying to come up with technologies to deliver content the way they think consumers want to see it.
deliver a blow to sb/sth

to have a damaging effect on someone or something:

This move is going to continue to deliver a blow to the company and its position in the industry.
deliver the goods informal

to do what you have promised to do, or to produce what is wanted:

The company expects employees to perform and to deliver the goods.

(Definition of “deliver” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)