Meaning of “deploy” in the English Dictionary

"deploy" in English

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deployverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈplɔɪ/ us /dɪˈplɔɪ/

to use something or someone, especially in an effective way:

The company is reconsidering the way in which it deploys its resources/staff.
My job doesn't really allow me fully to deploy my skills/talents.

to move soldiers or equipment to a place where they can be used when they are needed:

The decision has been made to deploy extra troops/more powerful weapons.
adjective /dɪˈplɔɪ.ə.bəl/ /dɪˈplɔɪ.ə.bəl/

The nature of modern warfare requires lighter, more agile, and more easily deployable forces.

(Definition of “deploy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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deployverb [ I/T ]

us /dɪˈplɔɪ/

to put something into use:

[ I ] When airbags deploy, they save lives.
[ T ] Automobiles deploy air bags in crashes of 8 to 12 miles per hour.

To deploy is also to move weapons or military forces to where they will be used when they are needed:

[ T ] The UN is deploying observers.
noun [ U ] us /dɪˈplɔɪ·mənt/

the deployment of missiles/troops

(Definition of “deploy” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"deploy" in Business English

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deployverb [ T ]

uk /dɪˈplɔɪ/ us

to use something or someone, especially in order to achieve a particular effect:

If deployed in the right way, communication networks enable employees to gain greater awareness of the organisation.
be deployed to do sth The new capital available can be deployed to create yet more wealth.

(Definition of “deploy” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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To say that we will deploy 60 000 soldiers in a peacekeeping operation is not the same thing as organising an operation to achieve peace.
We should bear in mind that many of the world's developed countries deploy a variety of instruments to support farming income at a level of over 50%.
The financial perspective establishes an important framework for decisions on the policies and tools that we will deploy to shape the future together.
In any event, the freedom of contracting parties to disengage from their network-sharing cooperation and deploy their own networks in areas where they previously shared infrastructure should be preserved.
We must deploy adequate numbers of properly trained people, used to cooperation, whatever their country of origin, and to using similar equipment.
Sometimes, all it takes is to deploy the technical means, which are already in existence, yet people do not always have the political will to do this with any vigour.
What we need to do, therefore, is to formulate our goal more clearly, so that we know whether we are successful or whether the instruments we deploy are successful.
We continue our road map monitoring work, and we also deploy state-building assistance, including in sensitive areas such as the rule of law and border management.
Put a freeze on the military trade, try to reach a peace agreement and meanwhile, deploy your military lorry capacity and manpower where they are needed.
We need to recognise that a standard relief package is not adequate for a situation as dire as this and we need to deploy the reconstruction phase immediately.