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mobilize

[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.
Also, especially British, mobilise.
Origin
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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  • Crowd funding is a lot of work and people need to be ready to reach out to and mobilize different networks.
  • Rotarians are known for their ability to mobilize communities into action.
  • Several of his callers indicated they are ready to mobilize should this happen.
  • In the same way, the molecules of emotion can mobilize immune cells to destroy an incipient tumor.
  • With respect to the third point, our plan is for governments to mobilize infrastructure changes at a rapid pace.
  • Early detection of the signal produced by the invading bacteria is critical because it allows the plant time to mobilize defenses.
  • They were actively engaged with the community they wanted to mobilize.
  • The key follow-up step is to mobilize partisans in your favor.
  • They are attempting to mobilize white fear into a voting block.
  • The odor from the fluid in the jar will be enough to clear a room and mobilize a hazmat team.
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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