deploy

verb
de·​ploy | \ di-ˈplȯi \
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 \ -​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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Recent Examples on the Web

In places where it has been deployed, it’s used as a treatment for people after more typical approaches, such as methadone, have failed. German Lopez, Vox, "A big, new review of the evidence finds that prescription heroin works," 6 Dec. 2018 The official said it was deployed in the past few weeks and months in both the San Diego and Calexico areas in California. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "U.S. Border Patrol Uses Tear Gas to Disperse Migrant Caravan," 26 Nov. 2018 Auster noted that the European Space Agency's Philae lander encountered a surface like cigarette ash when it was deployed to the surface of a comet in 2014. Megan Gannon, Space.com, "'Crazy' Rocky Surface of Asteroid Ryugu Revealed in MASCOT Lander Images," 13 Oct. 2018 Prior to joining the department, Poitras spent four years in the Marine Corps, during which he was deployed to Iraq, the department said. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston firefighter dies in motorcycle crash in Dorchester," 6 July 2018 The city’s Transportation Department has found that the number of speeding violations has been trending down in areas with speed cameras since they were deployed in 2014, and average traffic speed has dropped from 26 mph to 22.5 mph. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "City will add speed cameras near 3 schools, 2 parks this summer," 3 July 2018 Quinn met him through his Quinn’s Corps program a few years back, and the Army cavalry specialist explained what happened to him when he was deployed in Afghanistan. Albert Breer, SI.com, "How a Soldier’s Story Helped Dan Quinn Build the Falcons," 2 July 2018 When Ebola flared up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last month, a wave of international public health workers had just left the country, where they had been deployed to combat cholera. Dina Fine Maron, Scientific American, "How Ebola Vaccines Have Helped to Usher In a New Era in the Outbreak Response," 23 June 2018 He was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and was assigned as an assistant machine gunner in Khost Province. NBC News, "Army boots West Point grad who touted communist revolt," 20 June 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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