- 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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- 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
Word Origin for deploy
C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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