verb \di-ˈpli\

: to organize and send out (people or things) to be used for a particular purpose

: to open up and spread out the parts of (something, such as a parachute)

Full Definition of DEPLOY

transitive verb
a :  to extend (a military unit) especially in width
b :  to place in battle formation or appropriate positions
:  to spread out, utilize, or arrange for a deliberate purpose <deploy a sales force> <deploy a parachute>
intransitive verb
:  to move, spread out, or function while being deployed <the troops deployed along the front> <the parachute failed to deploy>
de·ploy·able \-ə-bəl\ adjective
de·ploy·ment \-mənt\ noun

Origin of DEPLOY

French déployer, literally, to unfold, from Old French desploier, from des- dis- + ploier, plier to fold — more at ply
First Known Use: 1616


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