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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When deployed, that binnacle lowers, ramp style, toward the ground, releasing the robot. Alexander Stoklosa, Car and Driver, "If You Crash a Mercedes-Benz in the Future, It Could Deploy a Robot to Warn Other Drivers," 21 May 2019 Photo: Walmart / USPTO Walmart was granted a patent this week for a new listening system for its retail stores that, if ever deployed, may make some employees and shoppers uncomfortable. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Walmart secured a patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees," 21 Dec. 2018 Hours after rescuers successfully located a missing youth soccer team and their coach deep in a Thai cave complex, experts are considering deploying electronic equipment to help bring them to safety. Fox News, "Thailand cave rescue: Electronic location gear, breathing masks could help save soccer team," 2 Oct. 2018 The first data that FIELDS sent back was collected when the instrument's antennas, attached to a boom, were deployed, shortly after the spacecraft's launch. Elizabeth Howell, Space.com, "Here Comes the Sun! Parker Solar Probe Instruments See 'First Light'," 25 Sep. 2018 In the video, Williams can be seen before the stun gun is deployed moving his legs closer to his body. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""Shockingly violent": Man tased in back while sitting on curb sues officer, city," 5 July 2018 If the virus is ever deployed as biological warfare, the fruit bat's super-immunity may hold the answer to preventing its spread. Lucy Cooke, ajc, "US military is interested in bats as possible defenders against bioweapons," 3 July 2018 Facial identifying technology has been developing rapidly and is being deployed in more places around the world. Don Lee, latimes.com, "At this Chinese school, Big Brother was watching students — and charting every smile or frown," 30 June 2018 He was deployed to Iraq two years later and then to Afghanistan in 2013. Colleen Johnson, Woman's Day, "How My Veteran Husband Copes with His War Injuries," 19 May 2019

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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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