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1799, "a rendering movable," from French mobilisation, from mobiliser (see mobilize). Military sense is from 1866.
mobilize mo·bi·lize (mō'bə-līz')
v. mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing, mo·bi·liz·es
To make mobile or capable of movement.
To restore the power of motion to a joint.
To release into the body, as glycogen from the liver.