deploy

[ 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.

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Origin of deploy

First recorded in 1470–80; from French déployer, equivalent to dé- suffix with negative force + ployer “to fold”; see dis-1, ploy

OTHER WORDS FROM deploy

de·ploy·a·ble, adjectivede·ploy·a·bil·i·ty [dih-ploi-uh-bil-i-tee], /dɪˌplɔɪ əˈbɪl ɪ ti/, nounde·ploy·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deploy

deploy
/ (dɪˈplɔɪ) /

verb mainly military

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

Derived forms of deploy

deployment, noun

Word Origin for deploy

C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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