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 deploy (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 The length of their missions may vary, but Defense Department officials were authorized to deploy the Guard for up to 30 days for the inauguration and surrounding protests. Star Tribune, "National Guard troops flooding in as Washington locks down," 14 Jan. 2021 At one point, Norelia sat upright refusing to comply with deputies even at gunpoint, but eventually cooperated when deputies threatened to deploy a K-9 unit. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Argument over price of 7-Eleven chicken wings leads to man’s arrest for disorderly conduct, deputies say," 30 Dec. 2020 Three progressive House Democrats are pushing to amend the Insurrection Act after President Trump threatened to deploy active-duty troops to control the unrest over the past week related to the death of George Floyd. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Democrats seek amendment on Insurrection Act after Trump threatens to use military domestically," 5 June 2020 The accelerated timetable has also allowed authorities to fortify the city and deploy officers in anticipation of potential violence on Sunday, when pro-Trump groups are calling for armed marches in Washington and the 50 state capitals., "Secret Service launches massive security operation to protect Biden inauguration," 12 Jan. 2021 Venture capital funds have tens of billions more to deploy in 2021, according to Kim. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "2020 is when private spaceflight just got started. In 2021 it will shoot for the stars," 21 Dec. 2020 That could make the vaccine easier to deploy in places that don’t have specialized ultracold freezers or dry ice. San Diego Union-Tribune, "COVID vaccine reaches San Diegans in nursing homes; county gets 20K doses from Moderna," 21 Dec. 2020 PepsiCo is finishing up a test run of the system at a Plano, Texas, facility and is set to fully deploy the system in production next year in its plant in Burgos, Spain. John Mccormick, WSJ, "AI-Enabled Cheetos Offer Promise of the Perfect Puff," 16 Dec. 2020 To date, SpaceX has launched about 960 Starlink satellites and plans to deploy thousands more in its plan to set up a constellation that can deliver internet to even remote parts of the planet. Mark Skoneki,, "SpaceX will try again today to launch satellite for SiriusXM radio," 13 Dec. 2020

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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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20 Feb 2021

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“Deploy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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