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

  • transitive v. To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.
  • transitive v. To bring (forces or material) into action.
  • transitive v. To base (a weapons system) in the field.
  • transitive v. To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.
  • transitive v. To put into use or action: "Samuel Beckett's friends suspected that he was a genius, yet no one knew . . . how his abilities would be deployed” ( Richard Ellmann).
  • intransitive v. To be or become deployed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
  • v. To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
  • v. to install, test and implement a computer system or application.
  • n. deployment

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of deploying; a spreading out of a body of men in order to extend their front.
  • v. 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 v. To place (people or other resources) into a position so as to be ready to for action or use.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • To spread out, as the lower end of a valley glacier which extends out on a plain.
  • n. Milit., the expansion or opening out of a body of troops previously compacted into a column, so as to present a more extended front.

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

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


French déployer, from Old French despleier, from Latin displicāre, to scatter : dis-, dis- + plicāre, to fold; see plek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French déployer ("to unroll, unfold"), from Old French desploier , from Medieval Latin displicare ("to unfold, display"), from Latin dis- ("apart") + plicare ("to fold"). (Wiktionary)


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