de·​ploy | \ di-ˈplȯi How to pronounce deploy (audio) \
deployed; deploying; deploys

Definition of deploy

transitive verb

1a : to extend (a military unit) especially in width
b : to place in battle formation or appropriate positions deploying troops to the region
2 : 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

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Other Words from deploy

deployable \ di-​ˈplȯi-​ə-​bəl How to pronounce deployable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of deploy in a Sentence

The troops were deployed for battle. They plan to deploy more American soldiers over the next six months. Two scientists were deployed to study the problem. Both campaigns are deploying volunteers to the cities to encourage people to vote. Equipment and supplies have been deployed across the country. He deploys several arguments to prove his point. Wait several seconds before deploying the parachute. The boat's sails were not fully deployed. The parachute failed to deploy properly.
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Recent Examples on the Web Biden has deployed a handful of surrogates to Nevada in recent weeks, including an Olympic figure skater and a former Obama labor secretary, as more campaigns have begun to ramp up their own presence in the state. Alexander Tin, CBS News, "Joe Biden's sister dismisses calls for Justice Kavanaugh's impeachment," 17 Sep. 2019 While LastPass said the bug was limited to the Chrome and Opera browsers, the company has deployed the update to all browsers as a precaution. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Password-exposing bug purged from LastPass extensions," 16 Sep. 2019 The firm has been slowly deploying funds to startups and has seen its employee ranks shrink in recent months. Bloomberg News, The Mercury News, "Peter Thiel’s VC firm Mithril Capital is focus of complaint to FBI," 13 Sep. 2019 Through two games, Oregon State has deployed one of the youngest defensive backfields in the country. oregonlive, "Oregon State’s defense gets a stiff challenge going from Hawaii run-and-shoot to Cal Poly triple option," 12 Sep. 2019 Conte has deployed his back three formation in Inter's two opening victories over Lecce and Cagliari, with Skriniar vital both for his aggressiveness without the ball and distribution with it., "Man City Dealt Blow as Antonio Conte Rules Out Selling Key Defender in January Window," 9 Sep. 2019 Theresa had deployed to Iraq with her mother, also a soldier, while Ann had come with her husband, who, like her, was a staff sergeant. Sandra Sidi, The Atlantic, "The Male Gaze on Steroids," 6 Sep. 2019 Lime has deployed scooter fleets in Miami, Fort Lauderdale and Tampa, for a combined total of nearly 1,500 scooters in those cities. Kevin Spear,, "Hurricane Dorian prompts Lime, HOPR rental bikes to be cleared from Orlando streets," 30 Aug. 2019 By the spring of 2019, multiple corporate interests had deployed private teams to investigate their rivals and DOD officials. James Bandler, ProPublica, "How Amazon and Silicon Valley Seduced the Pentagon," 22 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of deploy

1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for deploy

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

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24 Oct 2019

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The first known use of deploy was in 1616

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English Language Learners Definition of deploy

: 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)

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