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
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.
▪ 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.