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deploy

[dih-ploi] /dɪˈplɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
1.
Military. to spread out (troops) so as to form an extended front or line.
2.
to arrange in a position of readiness, or to move strategically or appropriately:
to deploy a battery of new missiles.
verb (used without object)
3.
to spread out strategically or in an extended front or line.
4.
to come into a position ready for use:
the plane can't land unless the landing gear deploys.
Origin
1470-1480
1470-80; < French déployer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + ployer to fold; see ploy
Related forms
deployable, adjective
deployability, noun
deployment, noun
counterdeployment, noun
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Examples for deploy
  • They are excellent weapons for nongovernmental predators to deploy against centers of government.
  • Two boats will deploy side-scan sonar to survey broad areas of the seafloor.
  • Many of these essays deploy riskily mellifluous language; they all ring personal, fervent and true.
  • The next step is to deploy the practice nationally.
  • Most of the proposed technologies are not only controversial but also expensive, slow and complicated to deploy.
  • We've brought underwater microphones to deploy over the side of the boat.
  • This compelled the enemy to deploy over a vast extent of wooded and broken country, and made his progress slow.
  • In a rollover, pyrotechnic roll bars and curtain-style air bags deploy instantly.
  • He pursued me with all the considerable wit and charm he could deploy.
  • It cannot, however, force banks to deploy additional reserves as new loans.
British Dictionary definitions for deploy

deploy

/dɪˈplɔɪ/
verb (mainly military)
1.
to adopt or cause to adopt a battle formation, esp from a narrow front formation
2.
(transitive) to redistribute (forces) to or within a given area
Derived Forms
deployment, noun
Word Origin
C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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Word Origin and History for deploy
deploy
1786 as a military word, from Fr. déployer "unroll, unfold," from O.Fr. desployer "unfold," from L. displicare "unfold, scatter," from dis- + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.)).
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