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

transitive verb

: to extend (a military unit) especially in width
: to place in battle formation or appropriate positions
deploying troops to the region
: 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
deployable 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Israel has deployed cutting-edge drones, one of the world’s most advanced armored personnel carriers (the Eitan), and an artificial intelligence system (Gospel) capable of identifying at least 100 potential targets per day—all capabilities that would be envied by larger and better-resourced armies. Shashank Joshi, Foreign Affairs, 20 Feb. 2024 Russia has deployed older anti-tank and anti-personnel mines—of the kind the world has ample experience dealing with. Justin Ling, WIRED, 19 Feb. 2024 In point of fact, as Nikki Haley later pointed out, Michael is deployed to Djibouti, serving in the South Carolina National Guard. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 19 Feb. 2024 Plenty of penalties, both civil and criminal, can be deployed against these sellers, at least in theory. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 The research behind the HGS Buyers Insight Report found that 37% of the leaders surveyed will deploy customer-facing chatbots, 30% will use generative AI or text-speech solutions to support employees taking care of customers, and 28% will invest in and deploy robotic process automation. Shep Hyken, Forbes, 18 Feb. 2024 In Europe, people deployed spoons for soup and knives for cutting and impaling, but otherwise continued to rely on their hands. Ligaya Mishan Kyoko Hamada, New York Times, 18 Feb. 2024 Now, that son deploys a similar axe to dispose of the corpse of his criminal father. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 18 Feb. 2024 School counselors, social workers, teachers and other staff also deployed mental health support for students. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History


borrowed from French déployer "to unfurl, spread out, display, arrange for a purpose," going back to Old French despleier, desploier "to unfurl, set out to view" — more at display entry 1

First Known Use

1616, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of deploy was in 1616

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Cite this Entry

“Deploy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


de·​ploy di-ˈplȯi How to pronounce deploy (audio)
: to move, spread out, or place in position for some purpose
troops deployed for battle
deploy police to prevent a riot
deployment noun
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