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de·liv·er / diˈlivər/ • v. [tr.] 1. bring and hand over (a letter, parcel, or ordered goods) to the proper recipient or address: products delivered on time [intr.] we deliver. ∎  formally hand over (someone). ∎  obtain (a vote) in favor of a candidate or cause: he had been able to deliver votes in huge numbers. ∎  launch or aim (a blow, a ball, or an attack). ∎  provide (something promised or expected): she's waiting for him to deliver on his promise. ∎  (deliver someone/something from) save, rescue, or set free from: deliver us from misery.2. state in a formal manner: the president will deliver a speech. ∎  (of a judge or court) give (a judgment or verdict).3. assist in the birth of: the village midwife delivered the baby. ∎  give birth to. ∎  (be delivered of) give birth to: she was delivered of a chestnut foal. ∎  assist (a woman) in giving birth.PHRASES: deliver the goods inf. provide what is promised or expected.DERIVATIVES: de·liv·er·ee / -ˌliv(ə)ˈrē/·liv·er·er n.


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A. set free XIII; disburden XIV;

B. give up, give over, surrender XIII;

C. give or send forth, utter XVI. — (O)F. délivrer :- Gallo-Rom. *dēlīberāre, f. DE- 3 + līberāre LIBERATE.
So deliverance XIII. delivery handing over, †deliverance XV; being delivered of a child; utterance of words XVI. — AN. délivrée, sb. use of fem. pp. of délivrer; see -Y 3.