Borrowed from French déployer (“to unroll, unfold”), from Old French desploiier, itself from des- + ploiier, or possibly from Late Latin displicāre (“to unfold, display”), from Latin dis- (“apart”) + plicare (“to fold”). Doublet of display.
- (transitive, ergative) To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
- "Deploy two units of infantry along the enemy's flank," the general ordered.
- deploy some lifeguards on the beach
- Teachers can deploy a wide range of resources in their classrooms.
- 2019 October, Tony Miles and Philip Sherratt, “EMR kicks off new era”, in Modern Railways, page 53:
- EMR will deploy 18 of the 21 '360s' in daily service, operating them in 12-car formations at peak times.
- (transitive, intransitive) To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
- He waited tensely for his parachute to deploy.
- deploy the airbag
- the airbag will deploy on collision
- 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time:
- At first she thought she would be embarrassed that she had deployed her air bag, that the other expert skiers she was with, more than a dozen of them, would have a good laugh at her panicked overreaction.
- (computing) To install, test and implement a computer system or application.
- The process for the deployment scenario includes: building a master installation of the operating system, creating its image and deploying the image onto a destination computer.
deploy (plural deploys)
- deploy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
- deploy in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
- deploy at OneLook Dictionary Search