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April 4, 2015 - Word of the Day

deliver

 

A person who delivers something brings it to another person or location.

simple past past participle
deliver
delivered
delivered
  • Jose uses a truck to deliver packages.
  • Kendra delivers the mail. She's a mail carrier.
  • Alex works for a pizzeria. He delivers pizza. Last night he delivered pizzas until 1 o'clock in the morning.
  • Large pieces of furniture need to be delivered to the homeowner.

pizza delivery

He delivers pizza.

The word "delivery" is a noun.

  • We have a delivery outside our door.
  • The person who drives a truck for the company made several deliveries this morning.
  • Yolanda is expecting a delivery this afternoon.
  • I have to make a delivery.

The word "deliver" is also used when a baby is born. To deliver a baby is to extract the baby from the mother's womb:

  • The delivery of the baby was a little difficult.
  • After ten hours of labor, the mother delivered twins.
  • More than one doctor was on hand to ensure a successful delivery.
  • Dr. Thompson has been delivering babies for over thirty years.

There are a few other ways in which the word "deliver" is used:

  • A police officer came to the door to deliver the bad news. (deliver news = inform)
  • A salesperson for the company promised that the software would deliver good results. (deliver = provide)
  • If you don't deliver, you're going to lose your job. (deliver = do good work)
  • The man got on his knees and begged God to deliver him from evil. (deliver = rescue)
  • Students in public speaking class practice working on their delivery. (delivery = manner of speaking, volume, pitch, rate, pace, etc.)
  • The pitcher has to work on his delivery. (deliver = in baseball, this is the method in which a pitcher throws a ball to the batter.)

 

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