de·​ploy·​ment di-ˈplȯi-mənt How to pronounce deployment (audio)
plural deployments
: the act or movement of deploying or the state of being deployed: such as
: placement or arrangement (as of military personnel or equipment) in position for a particular use or purpose
deployment of troops
deployment of a sales force
U.S. military assistance for hurricane relief efforts has delayed the deployment of additional forces to Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Thursday.Reuters
… memories of the peace protests that in the 1980s greeted the deployment of nuclear-armed cruise missiles on Greenham Common in Berkshire.Tim Luckhurst
also : an instance of such placement (as in a battle zone) for a period of time
On breaks from his job as a guard at the prison Camp Bucca, Iraq … during his last deployment, in 2007, James would retreat to the camp's sand-swept outdoor court and try to perfect his shot. Kelli Anderson
: an instance of use that involves something opening and spreading out
a pilot's deployment of a parachute after ejecting from the cockpit
These components work together to fully deploy the air bag within 50 milliseconds of impact. After deployment, the air bag will deflate in approximately 100 milliseconds.Martin W. Stockel et al.

Examples of deployment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Nearly $16 million is also included to pay for the deployment of state resources under the control of the Kansas adjutant general to aid Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s border control efforts. Jonathan Shorman, Kansas City Star, 5 Apr. 2024 Kenya: Not much has been heard from the East African nation, which put its deployment of police to Haiti on hold, citing the resignation of Prime Minister Ariel Henry after he was forced to step down by Washington. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, 4 Apr. 2024 The entire team was laid off in November 2022, but Meijer stayed on at Meta working in the organization running PyTorch, an open source machine learning framework that helps speed research prototyping to production deployment. Sharon Goldman, Fortune, 2 Apr. 2024 On its face, Tennessee’s bill represents an attempt to prevent experimentation with or deployment of such technologies. Elizabeth Robinson, NBC News, 2 Apr. 2024 Across sectors, energy efficiency has the second greatest demand for new workers, trailing only renewable energy and transmission infrastructure deployment. Jeff Sprau, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 For the time being, Kenya’s police deployment plans are on ice. Lenny Rashid Ruvaga, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Mar. 2024 Senior administration officials say the projects were selected based on assessments of their ability to reduce emissions, market viability, speed to deployment, and potential community benefits ranging from new jobs to a cleaner environment. Justine Calma, The Verge, 25 Mar. 2024 In addition to the problems with staffing and overtime, the new chief must deal with the city’s takeover last fall of ambulance scheduling and deployment. David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from French déploiement, from déployer "to unfurl, spread out, deploy" + -ment -ment

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of deployment was in 1781

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“Deployment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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