mo·​bi·​lize | \ ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce mobilize (audio) \
mobilized; mobilizing

Definition of mobilize

transitive verb

1a : to put into movement or circulation mobilize financial assets
b : to release (something stored in the organism) for bodily use The body mobilizes its antibodies.
2a : to assemble and make ready for war duty mobilize all reserve forces for overseas duty
b : to marshal (something, such as resources) for action mobilize support for a proposal

intransitive verb

: to undergo mobilization The army can mobilize quickly for a major war.

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Examples of mobilize in a Sentence

They couldn't mobilize enough support to pass the new law. Several groups have mobilized to oppose the proposed new law. They have the ability to mobilize quickly. The government had to mobilize the army quickly. More than 10,000 troops were mobilized for war.
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Recent Examples on the Web The distribution is just a piece of a larger effort to mobilize the community to serve through CityJoy’s website, which has already seen over 8,000 volunteers. Fox News, "Minneapolis civic leaders unite to give community relief," 10 July 2020 Xinjiang presents a perfect brew of policies for the international left to highlight, to condemn, and to mobilize against at a moment when such mobilizations are garnering new respect and earning political capital. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "The Left’s Deafening Silence on China’s Ethnic Cleansing," 7 July 2020 For one, there's the perception that simply having Trump on the ticket will mobilize Latinos in the fall. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Michelle Lujan Grisham as veep pick unlikely to buoy Biden with Latino Democrats," 12 June 2020 Could Trump indeed mobilize federal troops to the states? Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Donald Trump's speech about protests wasn't just surreal — it was disturbing. Here's why," 1 June 2020 The members—who credit The Wing with building the infrastructure that allowed the women across industries to connect and mobilize—shared their demands with Fortune. Fortune, "Magic Leap’s Peggy Johnson long aspired to be a CEO. Too few women set that intention," 8 July 2020 Milley said that the order to mobilize the service members came from Army Maj. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Gen. Milley: Some soldiers mobilized to DC amid Black Lives Matter protests were issued bayonets," 3 July 2020 Hoover tried to mobilize a backlash against the summer of protests, claiming that Communists were behind all of the unrest, including the Bonus Army, which in fact had banned all Communists. James N. Gregory, The Conversation, "A summer of protest, unemployment and presidential politics – welcome to 1932," 1 July 2020 The committee will support their re-election campaigns, leadership PACs and provide resources to mobilize a broad, grassroots movement across the country. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Daily Trail Markers: Wisconsin high court unlikely to rule on voter purge case before Election Day," 1 July 2020

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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2 Aug 2020

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“Mobilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mobilize

: to bring (people) together for action
: to come together for action
: to make (soldiers, an army, etc.) ready for war


mo·​bi·​lize | \ ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce mobilize (audio) \
mobilized; mobilizing

Kids Definition of mobilize

: to assemble (as military forces) and make ready for action


variants: also British mobilise \ ˈmō-​bə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce mobilise (audio) \
mobilized also British mobilised; mobilizing also British mobilising

Medical Definition of mobilize

transitive verb

1 : to put into movement or circulation : make mobile specifically : to release (something stored in the body) for body use the body mobilizes its antibodies
2 : to assemble (as resources) and make ready for use the sympathetic nervous system…mobilizes the bodily resources as a means of preparing for fight or flight— H. G. Armstrong
3 : to separate (an organ or part) from associated structures so as to make more accessible for operative procedures
4 : to develop to a state of acute activity ego feeling and ego attitude…mobilize hostile feelings toward others— Abram Kardiner

intransitive verb

: to undergo mobilization : assemble and organize for action

Other Words from mobilize

mobilizable also British mobilisable \ ˈmō-​bə-​ˌlī-​zə-​bəl How to pronounce mobilisable (audio) \ adjective

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