de·​ploy | \di-ˈplȯi \

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 \-​ə-​bəl \ adjective
deployment \-​mənt \ noun

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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And Ford has teamed up with Walmart and Postmates to deploy a fleet of grocery-delivering cars. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "The first self-driving car you use will most likely carry your groceries, not you," 30 Nov. 2018 The atmosphere will slow the lander significantly, but InSight will need to deploy a supersonic parachute to slow even further. Loren Grush, The Verge, "Watch NASA engineers track the harrowing landing of a spacecraft on Mars today," 26 Nov. 2018 In addition, from the host vessel, Ocean Infinity is able to deploy two work-class ROVs and heavy-lifting equipment capable of retrieving objects weighing up to 45 metric tons (approximately 50 US tons) from depths of up to 6,000 meters. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Doomed Argentine sub found a year after its disappearance," 19 Nov. 2018 So the ultimate answer might be to deploy living bacteria after all, which would flourish wherever antibiotics accumulate. Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, "Bacteria That Eat Drugs Could Help Solve the Antibiotic Resistance Crisis," 8 Nov. 2018 By carrying the rocket to 35,000 feet before launch, Cosmic Girl can release LauncherOne to deploy small-scale satellites without relying on—and paying for—the traditional ground launch. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Virgin Orbit Is One Step Closer to Launching a Rocket From the Side of a 747," 30 Oct. 2018 Bird and Lime are currently the main two operators in town, with Skip and Jump planning to deploy scooters sometime after ACL wraps up. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "How bike advocate Katie Deolloz gets around Austin," 19 Oct. 2018 The following year, the goal is to put a lander down softly on the moon's surface and to deploy data-gathering rovers from the craft. Mike Wall,, "Japanese Startup ispace to Launch Moon Lander Missions on SpaceX Rockets," 26 Sep. 2018 The technology works by deploying three modules horizontally, something that looks like three nesting cans. Megan Barber, Curbed, "5 campers pushing RV design into the future," 28 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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The first known use of deploy was in 1616

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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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