mo·​bi·​li·​za·​tion | \ ˌmō-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce mobilization (audio) \

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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After six weeks of protests and teach-ins, poor people will join together on June 23 for a mass mobilization outside the U.S. Capitol and then return to their states to continue building a multiyear campaign. Jenny Jarvie,, "Echoing MLK in 1968, activists kick off new Poor People's Campaign," 14 May 2018 How to balance base mobilization and swing-voter persuasion is a perennial puzzle for any political party. Ed Kilgore, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Being Trump Makes Him Less Popular," 27 Feb. 2018 Her mobilization is seriously impacted by all of this. Martha Bellisle, The Seattle Times, "Nurse who lost part of ear in patient assault sues state," 8 Nov. 2018 Additionally, the mobilization for the August strike is occurring amidst an increase in scrutiny of and action against the detainment of immigrants and separation of families by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Stephanie Onderchanin, Teen Vogue, "How the National Prison Strike Is Working to Help Incarcerated People in the United States," 21 Aug. 2018 Despite a major mobilization of soldiers, park rangers, expert divers, engineers, and geologists, the operation has made little headway. Richard C. Paddock,, "Thailand cave rescue effort to continue, prime minister tells families," 29 June 2018 Despite a major mobilization of soldiers, park rangers, expert divers, engineers and geologists, the operation has made little headway. New York Times, "Thailand Cave Rescue Mission Will Continue, Prime Minister Tells Families," 29 June 2018 In Lebanon, the Saudis supported the now defunct pro-western March 14 movement, which emerged from the popular mobilization against Syrian occupation following the assassination of then Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri in 2005. Jonathan Spyer, The New Republic, "What a Crown Prince Wants," 20 Mar. 2018 But as much as the mobilization on the left is about stopping Trump, the progressive enthusiasm is about the future of the Democratic Party. Laura Mcgann, Vox, "Gillum 2020?," 7 Nov. 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 How to pronounce mobilisation (audio) \

Medical Definition of mobilization

1 : the act or process of mobilizing mobilization of glycogen
2 : the state of being mobilized

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