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”).
- (transitive) To prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use.
- "Deploy two units of infantry along the enemy's flank," the general ordered.
- (transitive, intransitive) To unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use.
- He waited tensely for his parachute to deploy.
2012 October 21, 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.
to prepare and arrange (usually military unit or units) for use
to unfold, open, or otherwise become ready for use
to install, test and implement a computer system or application
deploy (plural deploys)
- deploy in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- deploy in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- deploy at OneLook Dictionary Search