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Definition of DELIVER

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Deliver \De*liv"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Delivered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Delivering}.] [F. d['e]livrer, LL. deliberare to liberate, give over, fr. L. de + liberare to set free. See {Liberate}.]
     1. To set free from restraint; to set at liberty; to release; to liberate, as from control; to give up; to free; to save; to rescue from evil actual or feared; -- often with from or out of; as, to deliver one from captivity, or from fear of death. [1913 Webster]

              He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
                                                    --Ezek. xxxiii. 5. [1913 Webster]

              Promise was that I
              Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver.
                                                    --Milton. [1913 Webster]

     2. To give or transfer; to yield possession or control of; to part with (to); to make over; to commit; to surrender; to resign; -- often with up or over, to or into. [1913 Webster]

              Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
                                                    --Gen. xl. 13. [1913 Webster]

              The constables have delivered her over. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

              The exalted mind
              All sense of woe delivers to the wind. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate; to utter; to speak; to impart. [1913 Webster]

              Till he these words to him deliver might. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

              Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art, and the latter the perfection.        --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

     4. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball. [1913 Webster]

              Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears.
                                                    --Sidney. [1913 Webster]

              An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it.
                                                    --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

     5. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of. [1913 Webster]

              She was delivered safe and soon.      --Gower. [1913 Webster]

              Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few verses, and those poor ones.          --Peacham. [1913 Webster]

     6. To discover; to show. [Poetic]
        [1913 Webster]

              I 'll deliver
              Myself your loyal servant.            --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     7. To deliberate. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
        [1913 Webster]

     8. To admit; to allow to pass. [Obs.] --Bacon.

     Syn: To {Deliver}, {Give Forth}, {Discharge}, {Liberate}, {Pronounce}, {Utter}.

     Usage: Deliver denotes, literally, to set free. Hence the term is extensively applied to cases where a thing is made to pass from a confined state to one of greater freedom or openness. Hence it may, in certain connections, be used as synonymous with any or all of the above-mentioned words, as will be seen from the following examples: One who delivers a package gives it forth; one who delivers a cargo discharges it; one who delivers a captive liberates him; one who delivers a message or a discourse utters or pronounces it; when soldiers deliver their fire, they set it free or give it forth. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Deliver \De*liv"er\, a. [OF. delivre free, unfettered. See {Deliver}, v. t.] Free; nimble; sprightly; active. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

           Wonderly deliver and great of strength.  --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

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