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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In a separate recall, Ford is also alerting owners of more than 310,000 2016 Super Duty F-250, F-350, F-450, and F-550s that their air bags might not deploy as intended. Chris Morris, Fortune, 19 May 2022 Our research has shown North Korea can deploy mRNA vaccines using the existing network of refrigerators. Dr. Kee B. Park, CNN, 19 May 2022 Companies tend to deploy too many apps, and that often doesn’t include rogue, unsanctioned apps. Jim Brennan, Forbes, 18 May 2022 Watson did not indicate the number of troops the military would deploy. Charlie Savage And Eric Schmitt,, 16 May 2022 Organizers could deploy a strike or a walkout to disrupt Amazon's operations on Staten Island, Spence said, noting that walkouts have occurred at other Amazon facilities in recent months. Haleluya Hadero, ajc, 24 Apr. 2022 In turn, this should help Apple deploy ProMotion displays more widely. Chris Smith, BGR, 21 Apr. 2022 Among the measures that EU officials are discussing is how to deploy the bloc’s anti-money-laundering blacklist against countries found to be helping circumvent Western sanctions. Laurence Norman, WSJ, 30 Mar. 2022 Our cost effective strategy is to deploy fiber infrastructure on power lines. Alexander Onukwue, Quartz, 25 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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27 May 2022

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“Deploy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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