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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Recent Examples on the Web

The British government said Friday that the destroyer HMS Duncan is being deployed to assist in maritime security efforts in the region, replacing the HMS Montrose. Michael Birnbaum, BostonGlobe.com, "Iran calls on Britain to release oil tanker," 12 July 2019 Police in New Britain and Berlin are putting motorists on notice that extra officers will be deployed this weekend to conduct drunken driving checks. Don Stacom, courant.com, "New Britain, Berlin police: DUI spot checks are coming this weekend," 11 July 2019 Another witness, Rose E Gillott, said that two police cars, two ambulances and a drone were deployed in response. Fox News, "Daredevil in London scales The Shard, one of Europe's tallest buildings," 9 July 2019 Now just days after the new National Guard began to be officially deployed across the country as the centerpiece of Mr. López Obrador’s security plan, police officers have rebelled. Paulina Villegas, New York Times, "Mexico’s Federal Police Rebel Against New Security Plan," 4 July 2019 Judith Bell, vice president of programs at the San Francisco Foundation, wants more answers from Google: How will the dollars be deployed? Melia Russell, SFChronicle.com, "Google wants to build 20,000 homes. It may need more than $14 trillion," 1 July 2019 Current wearable technology does not take these factors into account, and research is yet to fully unravel how such stimuli can be effectively deployed. Achilleas Pavlou, Quartz, "A lucid dream researcher’s tips for controlling your dreams," 29 June 2019 Many of them are about to be deployed in the Bay of Bengal. The Economist, "The South Asian monsoon, past, present and future," 27 June 2019 Seven aircraft, two hydroplanes and heavy machinery were also deployed, the fire service said. Ivana Kottasová, CNN, "Spain battles 10,000-acre wildfire amid scorching heat wave," 27 June 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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