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Syllabification: de·ploy
Pronunciation: /dəˈploi

Definition of deploy in English:


[with object]
1Move (troops) into position for military action: forces were deployed at strategic locations
More example sentences
  • Once the strategic lift deploys Army forces to where they are required, tactical logistics moves to the forefront.
  • The Legion was often deployed in hopeless military situations.
  • Profiting from a mutiny, the rebel forces deployed their troops rapidly and cut the country virtually in two.
position, station, post, place, install, locate, situate, site, establish;
distribute, dispose
1.1 [no object] (Of troops) move into position for military action: the air force began to deploy forward
More example sentences
  • When the colonial militia deployed at Concord, the uniform was work clothes.
  • The armies deployed conventionally, in the centre a phalanx of pike-armed heavy infantry flanked on both sides by cavalry.
  • They simply could not bring themselves to believe that they would attack, and as a result they adopted the interpretation that their army was deploying only for an exercise.
1.2Bring into effective action; utilize: they are not always able to deploy this skill
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  • However, the trustees do have a responsibility to ensure that the centre's income is deployed in the most effective manner.
  • Yet the silences, so effective when they are deployed, are largely absent.
  • If she can deploy her record-breaking resources to maximum effect, this will ensure the next inspectorate report makes for happier reading.
use, utilize, employ, take advantage of, exploit;
bring into service, call on, turn to, resort to


late 18th century: from French déployer, from Latin displicare and late Latin deplicare 'unfold or explain', from dis-, de- 'un-' + plicare 'to fold'. Compare with display.



Example sentences
  • Because of recent deployments, many soldiers have missed critical career schooling.
  • It was ultimately by the deployment of an overwhelming superiority of force that the war was to be won.
  • As with all deployments to Southwest Asia, one constant enemy is the weather.

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