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mobilize

or (especially British) mobilise

[moh-buh-lahyz] /ˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), mobilized, mobilizing.
1.
to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.
2.
to organize or adapt (industries, transportation facilities, etc.) for service to the government in time of war.
3.
to marshal, bring together, prepare (power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature:
to mobilize one's energy.
4.
to increase or bring to a full stage of development:
to mobilize one's anger.
verb (used without object), mobilized, mobilizing.
5.
to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war:
to mobilize for action.
Origin of mobilize
1830-1840
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
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Examples from the Web for mobilize
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  • But Russia had already begun to mobilize, and Prussia, presuming that Servia might thus be rescued, declared war.

  • We will mobilize and bring to action the vision and the will of the people.

    The Ghost in the White House Gerald Stanley Lee
  • They are to mobilize their men at once, and proceed in accordance with instructions known to them as General Order One.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
  • Though Holland was the first to mobilize when war was declared.

    Ways of War and Peace Delia Austrian
  • Colonel Scott was now ordered to Philadelphia to mobilize his regiment and organize a camp of instruction.

    General Scott General Marcus J. Wright
British Dictionary definitions for mobilize

mobilize

/ˈməʊbɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to prepare for war or other emergency by organizing (national resources, the armed services, etc)
2.
(transitive) to organize for a purpose; marshal
3.
(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 mobilize
v.

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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mobilize 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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