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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Margaret Norvell encountered the boat about 190 miles south of Puerto Rico, and members of the crew were deployed with two boarding officers from Coast Guard Tactical Law Enforcement Team-South. USA TODAY, 6 Apr. 2024 The state police's Underwater Recovery Team then deployed multiple dive teams who found Suazo-Sandoval. Brian Brant, Peoplemag, 6 Apr. 2024 In the drug discovery process, AI is deployed to both identify the target molecule and design drugs to interact with it. David Zuluaga Martínez, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2024 The different warrens of the Shop are based on ancient mercurial tactics all deployed in harmony, like a shopping orchestra. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, 5 Apr. 2024 The relocated miners were deployed and actively hashing at Baie Comeau before the end of March, and the relocation had minimal impact on monthly Bitcoin production. Charlotte Observer, 5 Apr. 2024 National Guard troops are now deployed regularly across the United States, including for natural disaster response, COVID-19 testing, and recently the patrolling of the New York City subway. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, 5 Apr. 2024 State police deployed a recovery team along with dive teams from law enforcement partners and recovered Suazo-Sandoval. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 5 Apr. 2024 DeSantis last month signed into law a bill allowing the State Guard to run prospective members through federal background checks, after agency leaders noted that volunteers will be deployed with vulnerable populations. Ana Ceballos, Miami Herald, 3 Apr. 2024

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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 13 Apr. 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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