delivery

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English deliveri et al., from Anglo-Norman, from Old French delivrer.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /dɪˈlɪv(ə)ɹi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪvəɹi

Noun[edit]

delivery (countable and uncountable, plural deliveries)

  1. The act of conveying something.
    The delivery was completed by four.
    delivery of a nuclear missile to its target
  2. The item which has been conveyed.
    Your delivery is on the table.
  3. The act of giving birth
    The delivery was painful.
  4. (baseball) A pitching motion.
    His delivery has a catch in it.
  5. (baseball) A thrown pitch.
    Here is the delivery; ... strike three!
  6. The manner of speaking.
    The actor's delivery was flawless.
    • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 55
      I shall not tell what Dr. Coutras related to me in his words, but in my own, for I cannot hope to give at second hand any impression of his vivacious delivery.
    • 2012 June 3, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Mr. Plow” (season 4, episode 9; originally aired 11/19/1992)”, in (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
      Half of the comedy in West’s self-deprecating appearance on “Mr. Plow” comes from the veteran actor’s purring, self-satisfied delivery as he tells a deeply unnerved Bart and Lisa of the newfangled, less groovy cinematic Batman
  7. (medicine) The administration of a drug.
    drug delivery system
  8. (cricket) A ball bowled.
  9. (curling) The process of throwing a stone.
  10. (genetics) Process of introducing foreign DNA into host cells.
  11. (soccer) A cross or pass
    • 2021 June 29, Phil McNulty, “England 2-0 Germany”, in BBC Sport[2]:
      The win was secured with another moment of significance four minutes from time when captain Harry Kane, who had once again struggled to influence the game, headed in from substitute Jack Grealish's perfect delivery for his first goal of Euro 2020.

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Portuguese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English delivery.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

delivery m (plural deliveries)

  1. (Brazil) delivery (the transportation of goods, usually food, directly to the customer’s house)
    Synonym: entrega

Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English delivery.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /deˈlibeɾi/, [d̪eˈli.β̞e.ɾi]

Noun[edit]

delivery m (plural deliveries or delivery)

  1. delivery

Usage notes[edit]

According to Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) prescriptions, unadapted foreign words should be written in italics in a text printed in roman type, and vice versa, and in quotation marks in a manuscript text or when italics are not available. In practice, this RAE prescription is not always followed.