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deploy

[dih-ploi]
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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.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to spread out strategically or in an extended front or line.
  2. to come into a position ready for use: the plane can't land unless the landing gear deploys.
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Origin of deploy

1470–80; < French déployer, equivalent to dé- dis-1 + ployer to fold; see ploy
Related formsde·ploy·a·ble, adjectivede·ploy·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·ploy·ment, nouncoun·ter·de·ploy·ment, noun
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  • The deployment of the approaching Earth fleet was almost as he had expected it would be.

    The Highest Treason

    Randall Garrett

  • Action of brigade and regimental commanders in deployment of division.

  • The order for deployment must be given whilst the troops are in rapid motion.

    Cavalry in Future Wars

    Frederick von Bernhardi.

  • If deployment was the answer to that, it was certainly there—to a degree, at least.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun

  • Deployment was supposed to be the significant factor, there.

    The Planet Strappers

    Raymond Zinke Gallun


British Dictionary definitions for deployment

deploy

verb mainly military
  1. to adopt or cause to adopt a battle formation, esp from a narrow front formation
  2. (tr) to redistribute (forces) to or within a given area
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Derived Formsdeployment, noun

Word Origin

C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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Word Origin and History for deployment

n.

1796, from French déploiement, from déployer (see deploy).

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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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