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; as, to deploy a column of troops into line of battle.
- To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.
- To bring (forces or material) into action.
- To base (a weapons system) in the field.
- To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.
- 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).
- To be or become deployed.