Meaning of DELIVERY in English

de ‧ liv ‧ er ‧ y S3 W3 /dɪˈlɪv ə ri/ BrE AmE noun ( plural deliveries )

1 . [uncountable and countable] the act of bringing goods, letters etc to a particular person or place, or the things that are brought:

Most Indian restaurants offer free delivery.

You can expect delivery in a week to ten days.

fresh milk deliveries

delivery of

deliveries of food and supplies

on delivery (=when something is delivered)

The restaurant pays cash on delivery for fish, which the local fishermen like.

2 . take delivery of something to officially accept something large that you have bought:

We expect to take delivery of the aircraft sometime in June.

3 . [countable] the process of giving birth to a child ⇨ labour :

Mrs Howell had an easy delivery.

Liz was taken to the delivery room (=a room in a hospital for births) immediately.

4 . [uncountable] the way in which someone speaks in public:

You’ll have to work on your delivery.

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■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + delivery

▪ free (=you do not pay extra for it)

We offer free delivery anywhere in the UK.


Delivery is free for purchases over £20.

▪ special/express delivery (=that delivers mail and packages very quickly)

A brown package arrived by special delivery.

▪ next-day delivery (=happening on the next day)

You have to pay extra for next-day delivery.

▪ recorded delivery British English (=when a record is kept of posting and safe delivery)

I’d better send my passport by recorded delivery.

▪ mail delivery ( also postal delivery British English )

The strike stopped mail deliveries to 20,000 homes and businesses.

▪ parcel delivery British English (=a parcel that someone delivers to you)

I’m expecting a parcel delivery later today.

▪ milk/fuel/pizza etc delivery

I gave the kids some money for a pizza delivery.

■ delivery + NOUN

▪ a delivery date/time

The normal delivery time is 7 – 10 days after you place your order.

▪ a delivery service

We try to maintain a high standard of delivery service to our customers.

▪ a delivery charge (=an amount of money you pay for delivery)

There’s no delivery charge on goods over £20.

▪ a delivery note (=piece of paper showing the details of your order)

A delivery note is sent along with the goods.

▪ a delivery truck ( also delivery van British English )

Just then a delivery truck stopped outside.

▪ a delivery man (=man who delivers goods to people)

He got a job as a delivery man for a hardware store.

■ verbs

▪ do a delivery

We usually do the deliveries in the morning.

▪ make a delivery

I’m afraid we don’t make deliveries on Saturdays.

▪ offer delivery

We offer free, next-day delivery on all orders.

▪ have a delivery

We've just had a delivery of tiles from Italy.

▪ accept/receive a delivery

Someone must be at home to accept the delivery.

▪ take delivery of something

The airline has just taken delivery of three new passenger jets.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.