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[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
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  • Keg-size depth charges on the main deck look ready for deployment.
  • US officials have refused to confirm the deployment.
  • Researchers have long known that deployment puts a strain on families, particularly spouses.
  • The university's students get course extensions on the basis of their deployment papers.
  • The army will expand from four to six the number of infantry battalions ready for rapid deployment.
  • There are the usual little tweaks that need to be made, and that was the point of this first deployment.
British Dictionary definitions for deployment


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
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Word Origin and History for deployment

1796, from French déploiement, from déployer (see 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.

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