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[moh-buh-lahyz] /ˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), mobilized, mobilizing.
to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.
to organize or adapt (industries, transportation facilities, etc.) for service to the government in time of war.
to marshal, bring together, prepare (power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature:
to mobilize one's energy.
to increase or bring to a full stage of development:
to mobilize one's anger.
verb (used without object), mobilized, mobilizing.
to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war:
to mobilize for action.
Also, especially British, mobilise.
Origin of mobilize
1830-40; back formation from mobilization. See mobile, -ization
Related forms
mobilizable, adjective
mobilization, noun
mobilizer, noun
countermobilization, noun
overmobilize, verb, overmobilized, overmobilizing.
remobilization, noun
remobilize, verb, remobilized, remobilizing.
unmobilized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for mobilization
  • Another part of the mystery may lie in the mobilization, often via social media, of new political actors.
  • Ford asked for help in organizing an all-out nationwide volunteer mobilization against inflation.
  • Tells about mobilization plans and how the soldiers all have their weapons in their homes.
  • When structures for mobilization lack a single leader, it is more difficult to come to consensus about next steps.
  • The mobilization has begun, albeit in piecemeal, internecine fashion.
  • They are pushing the state for alternative, pro-peasant policies through mobilization, especially around land reform.
  • mobilization of troops took a few days and there have been several problems with the long-term aid program.
  • Tribal fighting continues up here, often entailing communal mobilization around revenge killing.
  • But no move toward even partial mobilization accompanied it.
  • The authorities should turn a blind eye to violence as an inevitable by-product of revolutionary mobilization.
British Dictionary definitions for mobilization


to prepare for war or other emergency by organizing (national resources, the armed services, etc)
(transitive) to organize for a purpose; marshal
(transitive) to put into motion, circulation, or use
Derived Forms
mobilizable, mobilisable, adjective
mobilization, mobilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for mobilization

1799, "a rendering movable," from French mobilisation, from mobiliser (see mobilize). Military sense is from 1866.



1833 in the military sense; 1838 as "render capable of movement, bring into circulation," from French mobiliser, from mobile "movable" (see mobile). Related: Mobilized; mobilizing.

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mobilization in Medicine

mobilize mo·bi·lize (mō'bə-līz')
v. mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing, mo·bi·liz·es

  1. To make mobile or capable of movement.

  2. To restore the power of motion to a joint.

  3. To release into the body, as glycogen from the liver.

mo'bi·li·za'tion (-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
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