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born/delivered etc by caesarean
▪ Both her children were born by caesarean section.
deliver a baby (=help a woman to give birth to a baby)
▪ Usually your baby will be delivered by a midwife.
deliver a blow
▪ Opinion polls delivered a nasty blow to the Tory leader.
deliver a punchformal (= hit someone)
▪ Who actually delivered the punch that killed the man?
deliver a speechformal
▪ The President delivered a major speech to Congress yesterday.
deliver the mail
▪ The postman had just delivered the mail.
delivered a death blow to
▪ His decision to leave the show has delivered a death blow to the series.
deliver/sound a warning (=give a public warning)
▪ The chairman sounded a warning that jobs could be lost.
give/preach/deliver a sermon (on sth)
▪ The vicar gave a sermon on charity.
issue/deliver an ultimatum (=officially give someone an ultimatum)
▪ The authorities issued an ultimatum to the students to end their protest or face arrest.
pass on/relay/deliver a message (=give someone a message from someone else)
▪ I asked Rob if he would pass on a message for me.
present/deliver a petition
▪ A group of pensioners went to London to present the petition.
return/give/announce/deliver a verdict (=officially say what a verdict is)
▪ The inquest jury returned a verdict of 'unlawful killing'.
turn in/deliver a performance (=give a performance)
▪ Both actors turn in great performances.
▪ In the role of Carmen, Ms Leblanc delivered a quite exquisite performance.
▪ They are judged, not for intellectual elegance but for their ability to deliver.
▪ His ability to deliver is simply running out.
▪ The charter's real test is its ability to deliver its objectives and redress any failures.
▪ His power was based on his ability to deliver the Cook County vote.
▪ My comfort in all this is the staff's professionalism and ability to deliver in these areas.
▪ With that mind-set, everything else becomes secondary to the ability to deliver the next quarterly earnings push-up.
▪ Compulsory competitive tendering will oblige local authorities to bring in managers who demonstrate their ability to deliver the best services to tenants.
▪ Being asked to deliver these services is a tremendous vote of confidence by Ministers in our ability to deliver.
▪ She attended Wellesley College where she was the first student to deliver the graduation address.
▪ In January 1961, Eisenhower delivered his farewell address.
▪ But after their three-hour presentation, Ranieri rose to deliver the closing address.
▪ It wasn't Rudy intention to play the role of the Gipper or deliver an address like Lincoln at Gettysburg.
▪ Molinari delivers the keynote address on Tuesday.
▪ Clinton appeared unruffled by the last-minute hitch, delivering his hour-long address in a crisp and fluid style.
▪ He said he feared carrying and delivering a baby would kill her.
▪ This is where Madonna delivered her baby.
▪ André has just delivered the third baby this week.
▪ Marge Owen had delivered a healthy baby girl.
▪ I've delivered two still-born babies, but no one has ever died in my hands.
▪ It was my grandmother who delivered the baby.
▪ Athletes who have trained normally through the first two trimesters have delivered normal babies. 4.
▪ After delivering a baby by caesarean section, Dougherty was given medication for what appeared to be normal postoperative pain.
▪ Furthermore, its flexibility and power of movement are considerably greater, so that less power is needed to deliver a blow.
▪ She stood her ground and got an almighty shove from Vassily, who smiled at me apologetically as he delivered the blow.
▪ Government forces delivered a critical blow to the rebels on March 7 when the Defence Ministry's communication links were severed.
▪ By the late 1880s there was nothing terribly mysterious about getting a steam hammer to deliver a blow of so many tons.
▪ Our final rehearsal before Farnham, however, delivered the cruellest blow so far.
▪ When he delivered his last blow, he avoided my face, and looked worried.
▪ He had not delivered the fatal blows, he had not pulled the trigger.
▪ That could deliver a severe financial blow to the county.
▪ This rejects the philosophy that the market can deliver health or community care efficiently, effectively or fairly.
▪ However, health authorities and family practitioner authorities are keen on the idea of generic teams delivering patch-based care.
▪ The intention was that managers should provide a positive and supportive climate for professionals to deliver health care.
▪ Governments around the world must spend more on the systems needed to actually deliver health care.
▪ Most of the countries concerned will need a radically reorganized system for delivering primary health care.
▪ It is organising the service, delivering high-quality care and using manpower and finance to the best possible effect.
▪ Inevitably, therefore, the government fails to deliver the goods as demanded, as expected, and sometimes even as promised.
▪ But the scoreboards are a continuing reminder they have to make it work, and deliver the goods.
▪ Being a dedicated tough cookie, he has delivered the goods in impressive manner.
▪ The only problem was delivering the goods.
▪ But in the final hour he did deliver the goods, taking impromptu questions from the audience.
▪ For years almost all the research on ability grouping and tracking has demonstrated that it does not deliver the goods as promised.
▪ If Hariri can deliver the goods, it could soon look whole again.
▪ The ring leaders, using runners to deliver their goods on the streets, sold about 100 phones each month.
▪ I have already, before delivering this judgment, heard argument about the precise form of the order.
▪ It is up to the people considering the planning application to deliver a judgment on the assessment.
▪ Moxie had early detected Ned smuggling in a bottle of whisky, and had delivered a chastening lecture.
▪ He has done all but deliver the lecture.
▪ I must have delivered hundreds of lectures, pep-talks, addresses, speeches, and organized many others.
▪ Mr Delors was at the London School of Economics, less than a mile away, delivering a lecture.
▪ In 1962 she had to deliver the Huxley lecture seated and the next year was her last in the field.
▪ Apart from his lectures at Woolwich, he delivered a course of lectures on the horse at Guy's Hospital in 1817.
▪ The acolyte Rizla clears his throat to deliver the lecture.
▪ How and why is it intended that the Vendor's liability should be increased by delivering an inaccurate Disclosure Letter?
▪ I did you a small service once by delivering a letter.
▪ Then, one bright windy morning, the postman was out delivering letters when he gasped in astonishment.
▪ He delivered the letters and ran a little bit of a farm he owned, whilst his wife looked after the Post Office.
▪ If we can not deliver a letter or packet for any reason, we will attempt to return it to you.
▪ On the day the King died, just before dusk, an unknown messenger had delivered a letter at the gate.
▪ Blattern should not pass by the gate again without delivering any letters.
▪ I've delivered the message, and I've received your answer.
▪ Another group of medications neutralizes the enzymes that normally break down dopamine after it delivers its chemical message.
▪ Its marketers are fabled for delivering feel-good messages.
▪ She went to Whitehall in London and waited for an opportunity to deliver her message.
▪ With an album, you can deliver a deeper message.
▪ We deliver our messages with the way we play the game.
▪ Such messages are relayed through automatic dialling machines to random or pre-selected telephone numbers and deliver a sales message without human intervention.
▪ Firms must find the right way to deliver their message.
▪ However, looking at individual funds, only a few have delivered above average performance over one and five years.
▪ If so, individual assignments will deliver both performance and change.
▪ The industry has matured steadily over the last few years to the point that most established ISPs deliver reasonable performance and service.
▪ At age 35, Lewis delivered a performance that should have had every athlete shaking his or her head in admiration.
▪ The quality framework is much more about how we are going to deliver a highly competitive performance to ensure business success.
▪ Linney delivers a dynamic performance, which garnered her a recent Golden Globe nomination.
▪ Real teams are the best avail-able vehicle for small groups of people who must deliver both performance and behavior change.
▪ Wilkens delivers a show-stopping performance as the batty Madame Arcati.
▪ Salmonella is endemic in chickens and their eggs because the broiler system delivers cheaper poultry products.
▪ Or the fact Florida high schools are permitted to conduct spring football camps that deliver him more finished products, they speculate.
▪ It plans to announce and begin delivering product to customers by the beginning of next month.
▪ Customers will be linked to a local computer dealer, which will deliver the products.
▪ The argument is often made that what is required is applied research to deliver products and processes directly to industry.
▪ There the young workaholic did everything from sharpening his own saw to delivering the product in a two-wheeled handcart.
▪ They simply deliver their product online.
▪ It will deliver the promises made in the citizens charter to extend the powers of the four regulators of the privatised utilities.
▪ And then Sheila went to work to make sure she could deliver on the Big Promise.
▪ And in this vacuum of ignorance, terrible practices have been tolerated because they delivered the promise of cheap food.
▪ But Comcast has made the investment and delivered on its promise.
▪ The bank and the fund are also confronted with pressing questions about their ability to deliver their promises.
▪ Now, the company is poised to deliver on the promise it has used to leverage its future during research and development.
▪ He has yet to deliver on promises such as welfare reform, an overhaul of campaign financing or a balanced budget.
▪ Will he deliver on his promise?
▪ His task force is set to deliver its report any day now.
▪ The advisory council goes out of business now, having delivered its long-awaited report.
▪ Finally the letter must confirm the agreed date by which the report will be delivered.
▪ In a long blue-envelope letter to Dominy, dated February 3, 1965, Stamm delivered his report.
▪ Ouko had been about to deliver the report to President Moi on the weekend he died.
▪ Or set it to deliver reports on basketball but not baseball.
▪ She sat with us on the podium and the chairman delivered her annual report.
▪ The commission was due to deliver its report in mid-1991.
▪ The archbishop fled to Canterbury where he proceeded to deliver sermons and issue pamphlets against the crown's infringement of clerical privileges.
▪ Television actor Craig Nelson likes taking ministers to car races to deliver sermons at the track.
▪ Later that month, the Archbishop of Tuam delivered a sermon in which he came out against the mining.
▪ And when the rector took to the pulpit he delivered sermons brimming with moral admonition.
▪ A vicar preached his way into the record books when he delivered a sermon lasting 28 hours and 45 minutes.
▪ This is particularly true for staff engaged in delivering a service.
▪ We can deliver from room service for $ 4 a bag.
▪ Mr. Thurnham Does my hon. Friend agree that voluntary groups and private providers can efficiently deliver services for the disabled?
▪ The asset received in exchange for goods delivered or services per-formed is most often cash or an account receivable.
▪ Companies may become less willing to deliver services that do not contribute adequately to accounts and balance sheets.
▪ It shows that in most cases, private firms deliver services more economically than public organizations.
▪ Compulsory competitive tendering will oblige local authorities to bring in managers who demonstrate their ability to deliver the best services to tenants.
▪ In Webb there is only one speech, delivered by Lord Keith.
▪ Never mind that he had a speech to deliver.
▪ A major speech had to be delivered.
▪ Still, it was superior to the acceptance speech delivered by Clinton two weeks later in Chicago.
▪ And the acceptance speech he delivered at the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia last week was a success.
▪ She felt sick as she made a brief speech which was delivered in a rapid monotone.
▪ Despite all this, Kennan was upset when he read the speech Truman was to deliver to the Congress.
▪ In practice, of course, few paper systems delivered all these benefits but they were the rationale behind their maintenance.
▪ Salmonella is endemic in chickens and their eggs because the broiler system delivers cheaper poultry products.
▪ They delivered our current number system.
▪ They also differ in the nature of the system which would deliver that which is desired.
▪ Governments around the world must spend more on the systems needed to actually deliver health care.
▪ The system efficiently delivered the rapid reaction force it was designed to produce.
▪ As always such a system was seen to deliver distinctive moral benefits.
▪ Most of the countries concerned will need a radically reorganized system for delivering primary health care.
▪ Robin delivers the first verdict on it's performance.
▪ The foreman, a young man with glasses, delivered the verdict forms, which were read by the clerk.
▪ The jury delivered the not guilty verdicts on the fourth day of the trial.
▪ Letters delivered a verdict of innocence.
▪ After a morning of legal debate the jury returned to deliver formal verdicts after direction by Mr Justice Auld.
▪ Dyson sat back and put his finger-tips together, as if about to deliver his verdict.
▪ After initial indecision, the inquest jury delivered a verdict of lawful killing.
▪ Inevitably, therefore, the government fails to deliver the goods as demanded, as expected, and sometimes even as promised.
▪ In reality, integration failed to deliver the promised advantages and had severe disadvantages.
▪ Congress rhetoric had raised their expectations, but state practice had failed to deliver.
▪ The Eastern Expo always has its raptor fans, and never fails to deliver for them.
▪ He challenged anyone to say where the unions had failed to deliver the goods.
▪ But it has failed to deliver the real improvements the electorate want.
▪ But this has failed to deliver results because each dismissed government has been replaced by a yet more irresponsible one.
▪ That is the guarantee for which people are looking and which the Government appear to be failing to deliver.
come up with the goods/deliver the goods
▪ Neil Young's annual fall concert always delivers the goods with famous musicians and good music.
send/deliver sth express
▪ As a boy, Ralph delivered newspapers on a bicycle.
▪ Ask if the pizza place delivers.
▪ Budget cuts have affected the state's ability to deliver the services citizens expect.
▪ Do you think she will be able to deliver the goods?
▪ Election candidates frequently promise a lot more than they can deliver.
▪ Ford, a Democrat, is able to deliver the black vote in his hometown of Memphis.
▪ How soon can you deliver?
▪ If the animal ignores the command, the collar delivers a mild shock.
▪ If your order is ready, it will be delivered to you tomorrow.
▪ Julia's third child had to be delivered by caesarean section.
▪ Mrs. Arnold is due to deliver a baby girl in April.
▪ Our family doctor delivered the baby.
▪ Rev. Whitman delivered a powerful sermon.
▪ The birth was so quick that my husband had to deliver the baby himself.
▪ The packed courtroom was hushed as the jury delivered their verdict.
▪ The Prime Minister's economic development strategy has not delivered the promised benefits.
▪ Traditionally, local midwives would deliver all the babies in the area.
▪ Unfortunately the package was delivered to the wrong address.
▪ Yet again the management has failed to deliver on its promise to provide extra staff training.
▪ Your computer will be delivered between 9.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m.
▪ And the new genre of populist politicians will have to deliver far more than free elections.
▪ Attention switched to the new Coronations then being delivered, and the other six Vambacs failed to materialise.
▪ I know that my father was required by his parents to drown the kittens that the family cat would periodically deliver.
▪ In reality the service is more likely to concentrate on delivering wall-to-wall feature films, interactive games and e-shopping.
▪ John delivered a funny little speech.
▪ Yeb's big hand closes around mine, and we wait in strangled silence to be delivered.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Deliver \De*liv"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Delivered; p. pr. & vb. n. Delivering.] [F. d['e]livrer, LL. deliberare to liberate, give over, fr. L. de + liberare to set free. See Liberate.]

  1. To set free from restraint; to set at liberty; to release; to liberate, as from control; to give up; to free; to save; to rescue from evil actual or feared; -- often with from or out of; as, to deliver one from captivity, or from fear of death.

    He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
    --Ezek. xxxiii. 5.

    Promise was that I Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver.

  2. To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; -- often with up or over, to or into.

    Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
    --Gen. xl. 1

  3. The constables have delivered her over.

    The exalted mind All sense of woe delivers to the wind.

    3. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart.

    Till he these words to him deliver might.

    Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art, and the latter the perfection.

  4. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball.

    Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears.

    An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it.
    --Sir W. Scott.

  5. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of.

    She was delivered safe and soon.

    Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.

  6. To discover; to show. [Poetic]

    I 'll deliver Myself your loyal servant.

  7. To deliberate. [Obs.]

  8. To admit; to allow to pass. [Obs.]

    Syn: To Deliver, Give Forth, Discharge, Liberate, Pronounce, Utter.

    Usage: Deliver denotes, literally, to set free. Hence the term is extensively applied to cases where a thing is made to pass from a confined state to one of greater freedom or openness. Hence it may, in certain connections, be used as synonymous with any or all of the above-mentioned words, as will be seen from the following examples: One who delivers a package gives it forth; one who delivers a cargo discharges it; one who delivers a captive liberates him; one who delivers a message or a discourse utters or pronounces it; when soldiers deliver their fire, they set it free or give it forth.


Deliver \De*liv"er\, a. [OF. delivre free, unfettered. See Deliver, v. t.] Free; nimble; sprightly; active. [Obs.]

Wonderly deliver and great of strength.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, "save, rescue, set free, liberate," from Old French delivrer "to set free; remove; save, preserve; hand over (goods)," also used of childbirth, from Late Latin deliberare, from de- "away" (see de-) + Latin liberare "to free" (see liberal (adj.)).\n

\nChildbirth sense in English, "to bring (a woman) to childbirth," is from c.1300. Sense of "hand over, give, give up, yield" is c.1300. in English, which brings it in opposition to its root. Meaning "project, throw" is 1590s. Related: Delivered; delivering.


vb. 1 To set free. 2 (label en process) To do with birth. 3 # To give birth. 4 # To assist in the birth of. 5 # (label en formal with "of") To assist (a female) in bearing, that is, in bringing forth (a child). 6 To free from or disburden of anything. 7 To bring or transport something to its destination.

  1. v. deliver (a speech, oration, or idea); "The commencement speaker presented a forceful speech that impressed the students" [syn: present]

  2. bring to a destination, make a delivery; "our local super market delivers"

  3. to surrender someone or something to another; "the guard delivered the criminal to the police"; "render up the prisoners"; "render the town to the enemy"; "fork over the money" [syn: hand over, fork over, fork out, fork up, turn in, get in, render]

  4. free from harm or evil [syn: rescue]

  5. hand over to the authorities of another country; "They extradited the fugitive to his native country so he could be tried there" [syn: extradite, deport]

  6. pass down; "render a verdict"; "deliver a judgment" [syn: render, return]

  7. utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.); "The students delivered a cry of joy"

  8. save from sins [syn: redeem, save]

  9. carry out or perform; "deliver an attack", "deliver a blow"; "The boxer drove home a solid left" [syn: drive home]

  10. relinquish possession or control over; "The squatters had to surrender the building after the police moved in" [syn: surrender, cede, give up]

  11. throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball; "The pitcher delivered the ball" [syn: pitch]

  12. give birth (to a newborn); "My wife had twins yesterday!" [syn: give birth, bear, birth, have]

Deliver (The Oak Ridge Boys album)

Deliver is the ninth country studio album by The Oak Ridge Boys, released in 1983. It includes two singles: "Ozark Mountain Jubilee" and "I Guess It Never Hurts to Hurt Sometimes", the latter reaching number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs.

Usage examples of "deliver".

The man grumbled as he thumbed through a stack of paper work, looking for a copy of the last manifest of goods delivered to the royal docks.

Manfred had spent a great deal of time there, I knew, taking commissions for guns, delivering the finished products, and doing small jobs of repair.

Ramsay Kent, relocated Yorkshire baronet, geologist, and adopted Absarokee married to his aunt, Hazard studied geology under the noted Swiss naturalist Agassiz, who had been invited to deliver a course of lectures at Harvard in 1847, subsequently had been offered a chair, and had stayed.

ON THE EVENING OF APRIL 26, Jefferson rode out from Paris to deliver a letter that had just arrived from Elbridge Gerry informing Adams that he had been named minister to the Court of St.

Losing no time, Knox then set sail by pilot boat to meet the Lucretia and deliver an official welcome to Minister Adams and his lady from Governor John Hancock.

With the crowd in raptures, cannon pounding, church bells clanging, Washington bowed still again and then, Adams at his side, moved back to deliver his inaugural address to a seated Congress.

ON SATURDAY, November 22, Congress convened for the first time in joint session in the unfinished Capitol, and John Adams delivered what he knew to be his last speech as President.

In the weeks and months that followed, eulogies to Adams and Jefferson were delivered in all parts of the country, and largely in the spirit that their departure should not be seen as a mournful event.

The last of the ringing eulogies to Adams and Jefferson was not delivered until October of 1826, when Attorney General William Wirt addressed Congress in Washington, speaking longer even than Webster had.

Islamabad, the first interrogation ended and he was delivered to agents Parr and Stern on the tarmac.

And we find the same thought expressed in the final instructions delivered to the departed in the Ainu rites of burial.

Once a month Becker would deliver new files, forged by Albers, to Berlin.

The next day he girded up his loins and set out with two of his companions to proclaim to the inhabitants of Alca that a virgin alone would be able to deliver the Penguins from the rage of the dragon.

Instead, my mistakes in judgment have delivered Venus to the Guide and her friends, and to my colleague Alim, who would probably bargain with anyone to keep the power he has now.

Qoran were followed, and, secondly, that the tax into which the duty of almsgiving had been converted was promptly paid, and that the portion of it intended for the central fund at Medina was duly delivered.