deploy

verb
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

Deputy officials from several key government agencies discussed whether to seek legislation barring tech companies from deploying encryption that law enforcement can’t crack. Rachel Van Dongen, Washington Post, "The Technology 202: Andrew Yang's tie-less debate performance makes a statement," 28 June 2019 When asked what the city has done to ensure Skip’s equipment is safe before being deployed in San Diego, city spokesman Scott Robinson said the onus is put on the scooter companies to ensure their equipment in good working condition. Brittany Meiling, San Diego Union-Tribune, "These scooters exploded (and caused fires) in D.C. Now Skip is deploying 2,000 in San Diego," 28 June 2019 His immigration platform commits him to going further than Trump or Obama in aggressively deploying executive power — protecting not only Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients but also their parents from deportation. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Beto O’Rourke’s 2020 presidential campaign and policies, explained," 26 June 2019 By deploying surveillance technology in public spaces like hallways and cafeterias, device makers and school officials hope to anticipate and prevent everything from mass shootings to underage smoking. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 2019 By deploying surveillance technology in public spaces like hallways and cafeterias, device makers and school officials hope to anticipate and prevent everything from mass shootings to underage smoking. Klint Finley, WIRED, "A Device to Detect 'Aggression' in Schools Often Misfires," 25 June 2019 After deploying everyone on the roster in the group stage, except the two backup goalkeepers, and starting just three players in all three games, Ellis will bring a fresh squad to Stade Auguste-Delaune. Steven Goff, Houston Chronicle, "The woman behind the U.S. soccer success," 23 June 2019 After deploying everyone on the roster in the group stage, except the two backup goalkeepers, and starting just three players in all three games, Ellis will bring a fresh squad to Stade Auguste-Delaune. Steven Goff, The Denver Post, "Jill Ellis quietly sits at the heart of U.S. juggernaut in FIFA Women’s World Cup," 23 June 2019 The entire process of deploying and securing their crewmate to the stretcher should take less than 10 minutes. Allen Kim, CNN, "European Space Agency tests new device to rescue incapacitated astronauts on the Moon," 20 June 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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More Definitions for deploy

deploy

verb

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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