Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.
  • intransitive verb To bring (forces or material) into action.
  • intransitive verb To base (a weapons system) in the field.
  • intransitive verb To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.
  • intransitive verb To put into use or action.
  • intransitive verb To be or become deployed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Milit., the expansion or opening out of a body of troops previously compacted into a column, so as to present a more extended front.
  • To spread out, as the lower end of a valley glacier which extends out on a plain.
  • Milit., to expand; display; extend in a line of small depth, as a division or a battalion which has been previously formed in one or more columns.
  • Milit., to open out; extend; move so as to form a more extended front or line: as, the regiment deployed to the right.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Mil.) The act of deploying; a spreading out of a body of men in order to extend their front.
  • verb (Mil.) To open out; to unfold; to spread out (a body of troops) in such a way that they shall display a wider front and less depth; -- the reverse of ploy.
  • transitive verb To place (people or other resources) into a position so as to be ready to for action or use.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
  • verb intransitive To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
  • verb computing to install, test and implement a computer system or application.
  • noun military, dated deployment

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb to distribute systematically or strategically
  • verb place troops or weapons in battle formation

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French déployer, from Old French despleier, from Latin displicāre, to scatter : dis-, dis- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French déployer ("to unroll, unfold"), from Old French desploier , from Medieval Latin displicare ("to unfold, display"), from Latin dis- ("apart") + plicare ("to fold").

Examples

  • One that we're getting ready to deploy is data-loss prevention technologies.

    How to keep employees from stealing intellectual property

  • Guided trips usually travel with at least two rafts and sometimes even deploy a kayaker to lead the way through rapids; if the first raft gets into trouble, the ones behind can steer around the danger and be in position for a rescue.

    Faster, Colder, Deeper

  • Now, the proliferation of the numbers of them and when they deploy, that is subject to this dynamic threat that we see whenever an increase in threat.

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  • Federal authorities also have signed an agreement to allow local police from non-border communities to temporarily "deploy" to the border region to assist with security, said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Obama administration announces new border security measures

  • Federal authorities also have signed an agreement to allow local police from non-border communities to temporarily "deploy" to the border region to assist with security, said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Obama administration announces new border security measures

  • Federal authorities also have signed an agreement to allow local police from non-border communities to temporarily "deploy" to the border region to assist with security, said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

    Obama administration announces new border security measures

  • • Obama administration announces new border security measures: Federal authorities have signed an agreement to allow local police from non-border communities to temporarily "deploy" to the border region to assist with security.

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  • They "deploy" military-like strategies as in selecting "acquisition targets" to dominate or destroy.

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  • So if those 100,000 users are still running Office '97, and someone decides they should "deploy" Office 2000, at least 30,000 license upgrade fees go Microsoft's way.

    What ails Microsoft

  • Note to Microsoft: With Apple's software nobody ever had to push me to "deploy" it once I bought it, neither with chocolate chips.

    What ails Microsoft

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