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

At the heart of the Spaceflight mission is what is known as the payload stack, which is a large apparatus that houses all of the satellites during flight and then deploys them in space. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch SpaceX launch its biggest crop of satellites yet with a twice-used rocket," 3 Dec. 2018 In the operation, the army has employed a force known as the Abdelsalam group, with several thousand Bedouin, deployed in central parts of Sinai. Brian Rohan, Fox News, "Egypt arming Sinai tribesmen in fight against Islamic State," 27 Sep. 2018 Any host can volunteer and open up to evacuees, refugees, victims' family members (like in the case of the Orlando nightclub shooting in 2016), or relief workers deployed to the area, among others. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airbnb Has $0 Listings for Hurricane Florence Evacuees," 12 Sep. 2018 That is more than five times the number of troops deployed during the last elections in 2013, when the security situation across the country was much worse. Munir Ahmed, BostonGlobe.com, "Pakistan army to deploy 371,388 troops for July 25 elections," 11 July 2018 Investors have deployed about $12 billion globally into the sector since 2014, according to PitchBook Data Inc. San... Yuliya Chernova, WSJ, "Business Banking Startups Struggle to Catch the Fundraising Wave," 12 Apr. 2019 The vessels of the America's Cup deploy hydrofoils to reach ridiculous speeds. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Navy Has a Secret Hydrofoil Project," 10 Apr. 2019 Some airports with particularly stubborn birds are forced to get creative: Salt Lake City’s airport deploys pigs to eat up gull eggs, and border collies chase away herons and egrets at Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers. Cynthia Drescher, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Airports Keep Birds Away," 5 Nov. 2018 Verizon is slowly deploying 5G across 11 cities, and other carriers are as well. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "AT&T reveals what cities will get 5G wireless in 2018 and 2019," 10 Sep. 2018

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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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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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