de·liv·er·y (dĭ-lĭvə-rē, -lĭvrē)
n. pl. de·liv·er·ies
a. The act of conveying or delivering.
b. Something delivered, as a shipment or package.
a. The act of transferring to another.
b. Law A formal act of transferring ownership of property to another: delivery of a deed.
3. The act of giving up; surrender.
4. The act or manner of throwing or discharging.
5. The act of giving birth; parturition.
a. Utterance or enunciation: The historic speech required but two minutes in delivery.
b. The act or manner of speaking or singing: a folk singer's casual delivery.
7. The act of releasing or rescuing.
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