deploy

verb
de·​ploy | \ di-ˈplȯi \
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 \ 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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Recent Examples on the Web

Since December, when Mr. Lopez Obrador took power, the government has deployed 900 soldiers and 4,000 military police to vulnerable points in the gasoline supply chain to prevent theft. Robbie Whelan, WSJ, "Fuel Crisis Hits Mexico After Pipelines Are Closed," 9 Jan. 2019 And in a cluster of stores, Walmart has deployed robots that monitor stockpiles and can send photos of empty shelves to employees’ phones. Christopher Rugaber, The Seattle Times, "U.S. retailers hope higher pay will buy more efficient workers," 1 Jan. 2019 Some of them are being deployed to test how investments in bigger transit projects down the road might perform. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 This is the first time that a seismometer — which measures tremors in the planet — has ever been deployed on Mars, and researchers can’t wait to get their hands on the data that this instrument will send back. Mary Beth Griggs, The Verge, "Mars orbiter sends a picture-perfect postcard back to Earth," 21 Dec. 2018 In 2016, the first 18 months that new tactics were deployed, poaching fell by 96 per cent. Helena Pozniak, Popular Mechanics, "The Technology That Will Finally Stop Poachers," 26 Nov. 2018 President Trump, determined to stop immigration along the southern U.S. border, deployed in November some 5,000 troops, who strung concertina wire on parts of the tall steel fence that separates long stretches of the two countries. Juan Montes, WSJ, "Caravan’s Stymied Passage Leaves Migrant Issue Boiling," 28 Dec. 2018 In Vox Lux, those makeup tricks are sometimes deployed in subtle ways, like the drawn-on facial moles that young Celeste wears to match Portman's real-life beauty marks. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Natalie Portman's Pop Star Turn in Vox Lux Bristles with Apocalyptic Foreboding...and Glitter," 13 Dec. 2018 Martyn Crighton told the Loveland Reporter-Herald that Conde, who was deployed in September 2017, nearly had completed his nine-month deployment, and was set to redeploy to Alaska within the coming weeks. Paulina Dedaj, Fox News, "US service member killed in Afghanistan just weeks before deployment was to end, officials say," 2 Oct. 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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