- 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.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for deploy
Fink stresses the need for Nigeria to train and deploy women into more prominent law enforcement roles.The New Face of Boko Haram’s Terror: Teen Girls
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Stasio would join the Fourth Brigade, Second Infantry Division, “the Raiders,” and deploy to Iraq.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
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The ‘have not’ units are those squadrons based at home in the United States that are not immediately preparing to deploy.Navy Grounds Top Guns
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But the Apaches are short range and need maintenance troops to deploy with them into a location within Iraq itself.Air Force Pilots Say They're Flying Blind Against ISIS
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The Obama administration has insisted that it will not deploy American troops to Syria.Al Qaeda Makes a Play for the U.S. Allies the War Against ISIS Depends On
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He was not only eager but ready to deploy them in a higher service.The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte
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Five more of you dismount, and deploy there on the other side of the road.The Red Acorn
They began to deploy into the woods overhanging Choke Gulch.Sally of Missouri
R. E. Young
Perhaps they would attack the column before it could deploy.
The great object was now to push on and deploy as fast as possible.
- to adopt or cause to adopt a battle formation, esp from a narrow front formation
- (tr) to redistribute (forces) to or within a given area
C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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Word Origin and History for deploy
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