mo·bi·li·za·tion | \ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of mobilization 

1 : the act of mobilizing

2 : the state of being mobilized

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Synonyms for mobilization


marshaling (also marshalling), rally, rallying

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Examples of mobilization in a Sentence

called for the prompt mobilization of all national resources to combat the deadly epidemic

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The effort will include advertising, voter mobilization and lobbying in an attempt to ‘‘transform the way Washington and the rest of the country consider and value trade with other nations,’’ according to a joint statement from three Koch groups. John Mccormick,, "Koch network planning major campaign against Trump’s tariffs," 4 June 2018 Hashtags and social media mobilization have brought remarkable attention to children seeking U.S. protection from persecution in their home countries. Michelle Brané, Washington Post, "This is what’s really happening to kids at the border," 30 May 2018 North Korea’s cyberwarriors have evolved into one of the world’s most sophisticated and dangerous hacking units, boosted by improving coding skills and swift mobilization, according to cyber researchers who track the regime’s behavior. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "North Korea, While Professing Peace, Escalated Cyberattacks on South," 25 May 2018 The authors remind us that World War II was a conflict requiring full mobilization of the American homefront — from elite-college graduates to teenagers from impoverished families trapped by the Depression. Tony Perry,, "A secret mission, torpedoes, sharks and the men who survived: The story of the 'Indianapolis'," 6 July 2018 The nonprofit supports voter mobilization, primarily in Black and marginalized communities., "Meet The Women Who Turned The Tide In Alabama," 30 May 2018 Police are planning the biggest mobilization of officers since the 2011 London riots, The Guardian reports. Billy Perrigo, Time, "Thousands Are Expected to Join a 'Carnival of Resistance' in Britain to Protest Trump's Visit. Here's What to Know," 9 July 2018 Our Managed Solutions subsidiary, for example, addresses complex workforce organization processes such as mobilization of multi-discipline teams and supply-chain management integration. Ilene Bassler, Houston Chronicle, "Q&A: Strict immigration policies ripple through talent pool," 12 July 2018 Thus began a mobilization effort that over the past two weeks has led to an emergency fundraiser, a massive outreach campaign to government officials and a new mission for the charity. Hannah Natanson, Washington Post, "Once a foster child himself, he’s launched a drive to show every separated border child someone cares," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of mobilization

1799, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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variants: also British mobilisation \ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Medical Definition of mobilization 

1 : the act or process of mobilizing mobilization of glycogen

2 : the state of being mobilized

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