Why was clemency trending last week?


[dih-ploi] /dɪˈplɔɪ/
verb (used with object)
Military. to spread out (troops) so as to form an extended front or line.
to arrange in a position of readiness, or to move strategically or appropriately:
to deploy a battery of new missiles.
verb (used without object)
to spread out strategically or in an extended front or line.
to come into a position ready for use:
the plane can't land unless the landing gear deploys.
Origin of deploy
1470-80; < French déployer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + ployer to fold; see ploy
Related forms
deployable, adjective
deployability, noun
deployment, noun
counterdeployment, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web 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


verb (mainly military)
to adopt or cause to adopt a battle formation, esp from a narrow front formation
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for deploy

1786 as a military word, from French déployer "unroll, unfold," from Old French desploiier "unfold," from Latin displicare "unfold, scatter," from dis- (see dis-) + plicare "to fold" see ply (v.1)). "In its AFr. form regularly adopted in ME as desplay" [OED]. Related: Deployed; deploying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for deploy

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for deploy

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with deploy