The tender and receipt of an actual commodity or financial instrument in settlement of a futures contract. The New York Times Financial Glossary

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delivery de‧liv‧er‧y [dɪˈlɪvri] noun deliveries PLURALFORM
1. [countable, uncountable] the act or process of bringing goods, letters etc to a particular place or person:

• Deliveries to the restaurant should be made at the back entrance.

• a delivery charge

• They have just taken delivery of (= received ) ten new American fighter jets.

ˌpart deˈlivery [countable]
a delivery of only some of the goods that were ordered
reˌcorded deˈlivery [countable, uncountable]
in Britain, a service provided by the post office where the person who receives a letter or package signs a document to prove to the sender that they have received it:

• The package was sent by recorded delivery .

• a recorded delivery letter

— compare delivery confirmation
ˌspecial deˈlivery [countable, uncountable]
a service that delivers a letter or package very quickly:

• I'd like to send these letters special delivery.

ˌspot deˈlivery also ˌnearby deˈlivery [uncountable] FINANCE
the delivery of Commodities (= oil, metals, farm products etc ) immediately rather than in the future:

• Copper for spot delivery now trades at a discount to copper for 3-month delivery.

2. [uncountable] LAW when a seller officially hands over something, for example a document relating to property or shares, to a buyer — see also advice of delivery, cash before delivery, cash on delivery, general delivery

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delivery UK US /dɪˈlɪvəri/ noun
[C or U] the act of taking goods, letters, parcels, etc. to a place: »

Please allow 14 days for delivery.


mail/parcel/postal delivery


a delivery driver/truck/van

on delivery »

There's a 10% deposit to be paid, and then the balance has to be paid on delivery of the car.

next-day/same-day/overnight delivery »

The company has established links with florists across the UK for a same-day delivery service.


express/free delivery


The supermarket rose to the challenge with cost cuts and successful expansion into internet sales and home delivery.


delivery address/charges/terms


They make two deliveries a day.

[C] an amount of goods received: »

There were several faulty items in the last delivery.

[U] the act of providing a service or supplying something to a customer: »

The new proposals will allow the delivery of high-speed internet access without a phone line.


Providing targeted medical advice over the internet is the highest level yet of what the government calls the electronic delivery of public services.

[U] LAW a situation in which a buyer is given control of something they have bought: »

For a deed to convey ownership, there must be delivery and acceptance.

[U] FINANCE used in the trading of futures to talk about the date when the shares or commodities (= goods) will be available to the buyer: »

The price of gold for December delivery fell 20 cents an ounce.

take delivery of sth — Cf. take delivery of sth
See also CASH BEFORE DELIVERY(Cf. ↑cash before delivery), CASH ON DELIVERY(Cf. ↑cash on delivery), GENERAL DELIVERY(Cf. ↑general delivery), NEARBY DELIVERY(Cf. ↑nearby delivery), NON-DELIVERY(Cf. ↑non-delivery), PART DELIVERY(Cf. ↑part delivery), RECORDED DELIVERY(Cf. ↑recorded delivery), SPECIAL DELIVERY(Cf. ↑special delivery), SPOT DELIVERY(Cf. ↑spot delivery)

Financial and business terms. 2012.


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