demobilize

verb

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

transitive verb

1
2
: to discharge from military service
demobilization noun

Examples of demobilize in a Sentence

Both leaders agreed to demobilize their armies and sign the peace treaty.
Recent Examples on the Web Liu Jie, the garrison’s commander, said the militia would assist the army in duties such as providing jobs to demobilized veterans or recruiting soldiers for the military. Laura He, CNN, 20 Feb. 2024 The bill, for instance, leaves open the possibility of demobilizing troops after three years of service. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 Zelensky has also asked the military and parliament to prepare a law to demobilize those who have been fighting for nearly two years. Anastacia Galouchka, Washington Post, 8 Feb. 2024 More men are avoiding military service, while calls to demobilize exhausted frontline soldiers have grown. Thomas Gibbons-Neff, New York Times, 28 Jan. 2024 The federal and state governments should give all militias that do not qualify as indigenous police a grace period to disarm and demobilize. Vanda Felbab-Brown, Foreign Affairs, 27 Sep. 2018 Last week, the conductor was safely and successfully installed, utilizing a smaller rig (see Figure 1) that has since demobilized from site. Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 29 Jan. 2024 His efforts to demobilize armed groups and improve the military’s training suffered from delays and a lack of resources. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele, Foreign Affairs, 19 Jan. 2024 While crowing that more than 410,000 men have signed contracts to join the military this year, the government has brushed aside demands from the families to demobilize those drafted in 2022. Milana Mazaeva, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of demobilize was in 1882

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“Demobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/demobilize. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

demobilize

verb
de·​mo·​bi·​lize di-ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce demobilize (audio)
(ˈ)dē-
1
: to dismiss from military service
demobilize an army
2
: to change from a state of war to a state of peace
demobilization noun

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