deliver

Definitions

General English

  • verb to bring something to someone

General Science

  • verb to provide something

Accounting

  • verb to transport goods to a customer

Cars & Driving

Cricket

  • verb to propel the ball towards the batsman; especially, to release the ball from the hand in bowling
    Citation ‘The classic position at the crease for fast bowlers is side on towards the batsman at the other end just before delivering the ball’ (Alf Gover, Cricketer April 1983)

Politics

  • verb to obtain the support of a place or people for a candidate or political party

Publishing

  • verb to give a manuscript to a publisher

Origin & History of “deliver”

To deliver something is etymologically to ‘set it free’. The word comes via Old French delivrer from late Latin dēlīberāre, a compound verb formed from the intensive prefix - and Latin līberāre ‘set free’, a derivative of the adjective līber ‘free’. Its meaning developed through ‘set free’ to ‘give up, surrender’ and finally ‘hand over to someone else’. (Classical Latin dēlīberāre, source of English deliberate (15th c.), is an entirely different verb, derived from Latin lībra ‘scales’.).
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