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 \ -​ə-​bəl How to pronounce deployable (audio) \ adjective
deployment \ -​mənt How to pronounce deployment (audio) \ 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

But in 2017, White House national security officials said Russia had deployed a cruise missile in violation of the treaty. Fox News, "Bolton faces tense talks with Russia over nuclear treaty," 22 Oct. 2018 Pesquiera, a spokesperson for the agency investigating the accident, said Ventura died because air bags in the Jeep never deployed. Vahe Gregorian And Maria Torres, kansascity, "Yordano Ventura’s final year filled with family turmoil, emotional distress," 6 July 2018 Police say Williams failed to follow instructions and Bernot deployed the stun gun, the probes striking Williams on his back. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, ""Shockingly violent": Man tased in back while sitting on curb sues officer, city," 5 July 2018 Son hit Germany with a second on the break with Manuel Neuer deployed deep into the opposition half. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018 The department is aiming to use new decision making centers to analyze data more quickly and deploy tools like license plate readers and gun shot detectors to aid officers’ eyes and ears. Nicholas Bogel-burroughs, baltimoresun.com, "Study finds 'significant issues' with Baltimore Police Department's technology resources," 25 June 2018 In 2017, Trump deployed an additional 3,000 troops, bringing the total up to about 14,000. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Trump will reportedly remove 7,000 troops from Afghanistan," 21 Dec. 2018 In Season 2, Betty deployed the same determination to find her half-brother, Chic... who turned out to be a total fake, but still. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "Lili Reinhart's Best 9 Moments as Betty Cooper on Riverdale," 13 Sep. 2018 Greek officials deployed the country's entire fleet of water-dropping planes, and military drones in the air continue to direct firefighters on the ground. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Wildfires in Greece Kill Dozens Near Athens," 25 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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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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