de·​mo·​bi·​lize | \di-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz, ˌdē-\

Definition of demobilize 

transitive verb

1 : disband

2 : to discharge from military service

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Other Words from demobilize

demobilization \di-​ˌmō-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən, ˌdē-​ \ noun

Examples of demobilize in a Sentence

Both leaders agreed to demobilize their armies and sign the peace treaty.

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Authorities said the group was dressed in civilian clothing and returning a rural zone where members of another rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, had demobilized as part of a 2016 peace deal. Fox News, "Colombia ELN rebels free captives with peace talks uncertain," 12 Sep. 2018 South Korea refused to demobilize the Thaad missile defense system despite Chinese sanctions on South Korean firms. WSJ, "U.S., Allies Can Limit China’s Power Grabs if They Cooperate," 1 Aug. 2018 Under the terms of the deal, thousands of rebels demobilized and the group is now a political party. NBC News, "Colombians vote for new president with peace deal, economy at stake," 27 May 2018 Colombia’s divisive 2016 peace accord with now demobilized FARC rebels. Washington Post, "Colombia’s presidential election spawns fear, division," 25 May 2018 Even before details of the arrest were known, FARC leaders condemned it as a set-up that would undermine almost 7,000 demobilized rebel fighters' trust in the peace process. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "Colombia jails ex-rebel on US drug warrant in blow to peace," 10 Apr. 2018 The ex-guerrillas turned in thousands of weapons and demobilized after more than 50 years, helping bring Colombia’s homicide rate down to historic lows. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Colombia's FARC say peace deal might fail after member accused of Miami cocaine deal | Miami Herald," 10 Apr. 2018 While the vast majority of the FARC demobilized under a 2016 peace deal, there are dissident factions. Jim Wyss, miamiherald, "Ecuador hostages feared dead as government threatens military action | Miami Herald," 13 Apr. 2018 Its vast bureaucracies were disassembled, its armies were for the most part demobilized, and its profusion of factories were promptly converted to civilian use. Maya Dukmasova, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / History / News On winning wars and losing memories," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of demobilize

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of demobilize

: to release (someone or something) from military service


de·​mo·​bi·​lize | \di-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \
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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