Whether you deliver a package, a baby, or a promise, you're bringing or carrying out something that was expected.

The Post Office and UPS deliver packages, but a doctor helps deliver a baby: in that case, the doctor is helping the baby get born safely. If you promise to get an A and then you do, you delivered on your promise. Religious people ask God to deliver them from sin. Politicians often have to deliver — meaning give — speeches. In just about every case, deliver refers to something positive that's being moved, fulfilled, rescued, or carried out.

Definitions of deliver
  1. verb
    bring to a destination, make a delivery
    “our local super market delivers
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    deliver to the wrong address
    process, serve, swear out
    deliver a warrant or summons to someone
    discharge, drop, drop off, put down, set down, unload
    leave or unload
    send to an address
    serve or summon with a subpoena
    rinse, wash
    clean with some chemical process
    discharge at a wharf
    drop (an object) from the air; unload from a plane or helicopter
    type of:
    bring, convey, fetch, get
    go or come after and bring or take back
  2. verb
    relinquish possession or control over
    synonyms: cede, give up, surrender
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    yield up
    surrender, as a result of pressure or force
    give up for a price or reward
    sign away, sign over
    formally assign ownership of
    type of:
    gift, give, present
    give as a present; make a gift of
  3. verb
    to surrender someone or something to another
    “the guard delivered the criminal to the police”
    synonyms: fork out, fork over, fork up, hand over, render, turn in
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    deliver something in trust to somebody for a special purpose and for a limited period
    give away
    formally hand over to the bridegroom in marriage; of a bride by her father
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    give, hand, pass, pass on, reach, turn over
    place into the hands or custody of
  4. verb
    hand over to the authorities of another country
    synonyms: deport, extradite
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    send someone back to his homeland against his will, as of refugees
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    expel, kick out, throw out
    force to leave or move out
  5. verb
    deliver (a speech, oration, or idea)
    synonyms: present
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    make speeches; hold forth, or harangue with a certain degree of formality
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    mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize
    express in speech
  6. verb
    pass down
    deliver a judgment”
    synonyms: render, return
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    communicate, pass, pass along, pass on, put across
    transmit information
  7. verb
    utter (an exclamation, noise, etc.)
    “The students delivered a cry of joy”
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    emit, let loose, let out, utter
    express audibly; utter sounds (not necessarily words)
  8. verb
    free from harm or evil
    synonyms: rescue
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    relieve, salvage, salve, save
    save from ruin, destruction, or harm
    relieve temporarily
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    bring through, carry through, pull through, save
    bring into safety
  9. verb
    save from sins
    synonyms: redeem, save
  10. verb
    carry out or perform
    “" deliver an attack", "deliver a blow”
    synonyms: drive home
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    deliver (a blow)
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    cause to have, in the abstract sense or physical sense
  11. verb
    throw or hurl from the mound to the batter, as in baseball
    “The pitcher delivered the ball”
    synonyms: pitch
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    propel through the air
  12. verb
    cause to be born
    synonyms: bear, birth, give birth, have
    bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    be pregnant with
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    give birth to twins
    give birth; used for animals
    give birth to a foal
    give birth to cubs
    have kittens
    give birth to a lamb
    give birth to a litter of animals
    pup, whelp
    farrow, pig
    give birth
    have fawns
    calve, have young
    bear, carry, expect, gestate, have a bun in the oven
    be pregnant with
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    bring forth, produce
    bring forth or yield
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