Definition of deploy in English:


Line breaks: de¦ploy
Pronunciation: /dɪˈplɔɪ


[with object]
  • 1Move (troops) into position for military action: forces were deployed at strategic locations
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    • 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; base, garrison; distribute, arrange, range, dispose, redistribute, spread out, extend, put into position
    informal plant, park
    rare posit
  • 1.1 [no object] (Of troops) move into position for military action: the air force began to deploy forward
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    • 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.



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  • In fact, for most of the Cold War, the Army's rapidly deployable capability was limited to a single contingency corps.
  • To join a deployable brigade, soldiers must agree to extend their service through the end of the unit's deployability window.
  • Reserve component forces are a vital part of the Army's deployable combat power.


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  • 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.


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.

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