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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First responders can use this to reveal which nerve agent is being used in an attack, detect where it is located and identify how much has been deployed. Allison Barrie, Fox News, "Innovative project harnesses Legos and smartphones in the fight against invisible, deadly weapons," 13 July 2018 If anything, the dots are deployed to help accentuate and, indeed, define the abstract zones and the representational figures that are set against them. Mike Giuliano, Howard County Times, "Connecting the dots in Goldberg's variations," 13 July 2018 High drama surrounded the arrests as the authorities blocked roads, shut down mobile and internet service and deployed thousands of officers to thwart supporters of the Sharifs from reaching the airport. Salman Masood, New York Times, "Nawaz Sharif Is Arrested on Return to Pakistan, Amid Turmoil and Bloodshed," 13 July 2018 The indictment lays out a vivid picture of a powerful nation deploying the latest technological trickery in a secretive effort to subvert the U.S. election. Aruna Viswanatha, WSJ, "Mueller Probe Indicts 12 Russians in Hacking of DNC and Clinton Campaign," 13 July 2018 While Russia and Iran have both deployed forces to Syria to help prop up Assad’s government, their interests do not always converge. Time, "Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu Meet in Moscow to Discuss Iran-Syria Ties," 12 July 2018 Understory has deployed some 500 weather sensors across the U.S. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Company tracking weather at ground level is named one of the most innovative agtech startups," 12 July 2018 Although the Trump administration cut the navigator funds last year by nearly half, Florida received a $5 million grant and deployed 130 navigators across the state. Naseem S. Miller,, "Obamacare navigator money cut by 70 percent," 12 July 2018 Despite the tragedy, Jornet went on to flash up and down the other peaks, setting records, traveling light, deploying his bohemian brand of mountain endurance, and often doing in hours what took other experienced climbers days. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 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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