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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 of deploy
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 from the Web for deploy
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  • He was not only eager but ready to deploy them in a higher service.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • Five more of you dismount, and deploy there on the other side of the road.

    The Red Acorn John McElroy
  • 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 River War Winston S. Churchill
  • The great object was now to push on and deploy as fast as possible.

    The River War Winston S. Churchill
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
v.

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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