[ 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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Related formsde·ploy·a·ble, adjectivede·ploy·a·bil·i·ty, nounde·ploy·ment, nouncoun·ter·de·ploy·ment, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for deployability
/ (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 Formsdeployment, noun
Word Origin for deploy
C18: from French déployer, from Latin displicāre to unfold; see display
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