From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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
   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.
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            He that taketh warning shall deliver his soul.
                                                  xxxiii. 5.
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            Promise was that I
            Should Israel from Philistian yoke deliver.
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   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.
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            Thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand.
                                                  --Gen. xl. 13.
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            The constables have delivered her over. --Shak.
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            The exalted mind
            All sense of woe delivers to the wind. --Pope.
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   3. To make over to the knowledge of another; to communicate;
      to utter; to speak; to impart.
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            Till he these words to him deliver might. --Spenser.
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            Whereof the former delivers the precepts of the art,
            and the latter the perfection.        --Bacon.
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   4. To give forth in action or exercise; to discharge; as, to
      deliver a blow; to deliver a broadside, or a ball.
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            Shaking his head and delivering some show of tears.
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            An uninstructed bowler . . . thinks to attain the
            jack by delivering his bowl straightforward upon it.
                                                  --Sir W.
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   5. To free from, or disburden of, young; to relieve of a
      child in childbirth; to bring forth; -- often with of.
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            She was delivered safe and soon.      --Gower.
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            Tully was long ere he could be delivered of a few
            verses, and those poor ones.          --Peacham.
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   6. To discover; to show. [Poetic]
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            I 'll deliver
            Myself your loyal servant.            --Shak.
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   7. To deliberate. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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   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.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Deliver \De*liv"er\, a. [OF. delivre free, unfettered. See
   Deliver, v. t.]
   Free; nimble; sprightly; active. [Obs.]
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         Wonderly deliver and great of strength.  --Chaucer.
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