demobilize

verb
de·​mo·​bi·​lize | \ di-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demobilize (audio) , ˌdē- \
demobilized; demobilizing; demobilizes

Definition of demobilize

transitive verb

1 : disband
2 : to discharge from military service

Other Words from demobilize

demobilization \ di-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce demobilize (audio) , ˌdē-​ \ noun

Examples of demobilize in a Sentence

Both leaders agreed to demobilize their armies and sign the peace treaty.
Recent Examples on the Web To achieve lasting peace, Libya needs not only to find its way out of the current political crisis, but also to demobilize a generation of young men who have grown up knowing little but war. New York Times, 21 June 2022 There have been regional efforts in recent years to demobilize the M23, but its leaders have complained about the slow implementation of a peace accord and accused the Congolese army of waging war against it. NBC News, 30 Mar. 2022 But its most potent power is the ability to demobilize, by instructing progressives that Democrats aren’t serious about climate change and aren’t worth their time, money, and effort. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 21 Sep. 2021 But after completing their reconnaissance mission on Wednesday, they were told to demobilize, said Task Force leader Garrett Wienckowski. Joe Mario Pedersen, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2021 The firm has until July 6 to demobilize its crews and clear the work area, Baker told lawmakers in the email Monday. oregonlive, 29 June 2021 However, Carla Julian, spokeswoman for the construction contractor, Purple Line Transit Constructors, said workers are continuing to demobilize. Washington Post, 24 Sep. 2020 Instead of attacking protesters with often savage violence, the security apparatus now seems to be trying to demobilize the opposition movement by picking off its leaders one by one and sending them out of the country. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, 8 Sep. 2020 Instead of attacking protesters with often savage violence, the security apparatus now seems to be trying to demobilize the opposition movement by picking off its leaders and sending them out of the country. Andrew Higgins, Star Tribune, 8 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of demobilize

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Demobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demobilize. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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demobilize

verb
de·​mo·​bi·​lize | \ di-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demobilize (audio) \
demobilized; demobilizing

Kids Definition of demobilize

1 : to let go from military service
2 : to change from a state of war to a state of peace

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