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What is the difference between 'delivery' and 'deliver'?

What is the difference between 'delivery' and 'deliver'?

The words delivery and deliver are often confused because of their similar spelling. In this article, we explain the difference between them.

Delivery means the act of delivering, giving, or turning over when used as a noun.

Deliver means to carry and give to a recipient or turn over when used as a verb.

A good way to remember the difference is The noun ends in Y.

Out of the two words, 'delivery' is the most common.



It's easy to confuse noun and verb forms of words. For example, you might type delivery when you mean deliver.

Deliver is a verb that means "to give to a recipient or turn over." It can also mean "to produce or surrender."

Delivery is the noun form. It is the act of delivering or the item that is delivered.

Which is right 'health care delivery system' or 'health care deliver system'?

The right expression is 'health care delivery system'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the right expression 'health care delivery systems' or 'health care deliver systems'?

The correct phrase is 'health care delivery systems'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Should it be 'the delivery of the' or 'the deliver of the'?

The correct expression is 'the delivery of the'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Is the right expression 'strategic nuclear delivery vehicles' or 'strategic nuclear deliver vehicles'?

The right phrase is 'strategic nuclear delivery vehicles'. These phrases are often confused because of their similar spelling.

Is the correct phrase 'for the delivery of' or 'for the deliver of'?

The right phrase is 'for the delivery of'. These phrases are often confused because they look similar.

Is the correct phrase 'to deliver the goods' or 'to delivery the goods'?

The correct phrase is 'to deliver the goods'. These phrases are often confused because they are easy to mistype.

Which is correct 'to deliver to the' or 'to delivery to the'?

The correct phrase is 'to deliver to the'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Which is right 'deliver us from evil' or 'delivery us from evil'?

The correct phrase is 'deliver us from evil'. These phrases are often confused because they appear similar.

Which is correct 'to deliver up the' or 'to delivery up the'?

You should use 'to deliver up the'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Is the expression 'be able to deliver' or 'be able to delivery'?

You should use 'be able to deliver'. These phrases are often confused because they have a similar spelling.

Some synonyms of delivery are: distribution, shipment, dispatch, parcel.

Some synonyms of deliver are: present, hand over, convey, produce.

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Examples of delivery in a sentence

Thinking it must be a poorly timed delivery, Hayashi gruffly yanked open the door.
- Villain by Shūichi Yoshida; Philip Gabriel
The holiday delivery is over.
- Gunn's Golden Rules by Tim Gunn
His letter came by personal delivery and was clearly very urgent.
- The Phantom of Manhattan by Frederick Forsyth
I left all but two bags’ worth there for later delivery.
- Touch of Darkness by C. T. Adams; Cathy Clamp
They prayed for a safe delivery and for Summer’s health.
- Where Heaven Begins by Bittner

Examples of deliver in a sentence

If it was the milkman, he was early, and if he was early, he wasn't here just to deliver the milk.
- The Singing of the Dead by Dana Stabenow
I deliver.
- The Haunted Air by F. Paul Wilson
The voice holds the almost indifferent calm of an assassin ready to deliver the deathblow.
- Grand Junction by Maurice G. Dantec
Cops and jitney drivers deliver babies.
- Mystery by Peter Straub
Bond had only shown up to deliver the girl and the Spektor.
- From Russia with love: a James Bond novel by Ian Fleming
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