We are going to deliver this meeting.

Not sure if the verb 'deliver' is used correctly in this sentence. If not what alternative words can I use?


As a non-native speaker, the OP should probably avoid the usage. But if I saw those words written by someone I knew was a competent speaker/writer, I wouldn't have a problem understanding it as an emphatic assertion meaning something along the lines of...

We're fully confident that we will be able to ensure this meeting does in fact take place [even if appearances might suggest it won't].

It's contextually implicit that the group represented by "we" are the people responsible for arranging the meeting, who'd be deemed to have failed if the meeting didn't take place (if we didn't deliver the goods).

Note that meetings are usually held, arranged, hosted,... rather than delivered. But the latter term is "contextually licensed" in the exact cited context, where it's implicitly necessary to overcome adverse circumstances to ensure the meeting does in fact take place.


For a meeting you do not use this verb; it is proper for terms such as "lecture" and "speech".

A meeting is not the sort of thing that a single person or even a group of persons can handle as to what will precisely go on in it: it is something that has a life of its own and may evolve in many directions, even in some rare occasions degenerate into a brawl.

So, a meeting can be organized, can take place, can be (among other possible verbal locutions). If you want to relate to the action of people participating to a meeting you have to use other verbs, and the choice will depend on who is concerned: participate to , go through with a/the meeting (esp. if it is difficult or unpleasant), preside at a/the meeting, be present at a/the meeting,…

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    As FF says, 'deliver' = 'come through with' licenses the usage with DO 'meeting'. But it's rare, and doesn't mean unmarked 'hold'. – Edwin Ashworth Jun 21 at 15:49
  • So I can say 'We are going to preside this meeting'. Can I say, 'We are going to conduct this meeting? – Denver Jun 21 at 16:06
  • @Denver If you belong to the group that is going to provide some control in the proceedings of the meeting (preliminary information to the participants, etc.), certainly, you can use "conduct"; as to "preside", it is usually the prerogative of only one person to do that, and in most cases that person is important in the domain of activity that the meeting concerns; however, the control provided by a president has to do with the proceedings themselves (propose the themes for discussion, moderate the debate, etc.). – LPH Jun 21 at 16:21
  • One holds a meeting. – Xanne Jun 21 at 16:36
  • Thanks Xanne that's the word I was looking for!!! – Denver Jun 21 at 16:37

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