Definition of deploy verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    deploy

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they deploy
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪ//
     
    he / she / it deploys
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪz//
     
    past simple deployed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪd//
     
    past participle deployed
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪd//
     
    -ing form deploying
    BrE BrE//dɪˈplɔɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//dɪˈplɔɪɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1deploy somebody/something (specialist) to move soldiers or weapons into a position where they are ready for military action 2 000 troops were deployed in the area. At least 5 000 missiles were deployed along the border. Tanks were deployed effectively during the long campaign.
  2. 2deploy something (formal) to use something effectively to deploy arguments/resources She rejected the arguments that had been deployed against her.
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: 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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