verb mo·bi·lize \ ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \
|Updated on: 7 Aug 2018

Definition of mobilize

mobilized; mobilizing
1 a : 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.
2 a : 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
: to undergo mobilization
  • The army can mobilize quickly for a major war.

Examples of mobilize in a Sentence

  1. They couldn't mobilize enough support to pass the new law.

  2. Several groups have mobilized to oppose the proposed new law.

  3. They have the ability to mobilize quickly.

  4. The government had to mobilize the army quickly.

  5. More than 10,000 troops were mobilized for war.

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First Known Use of mobilize


in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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MOBILIZE Defined for English Language Learners


Definition of mobilize for English Language Learners

  • : to bring (people) together for action

  • : to come together for action

  • : to make (soldiers, an army, etc.) ready for war

MOBILIZE Defined for Kids


verb mo·bi·lize \ ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \

Definition of mobilize for Students

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

Medical Dictionary


verb mo·bi·lize
variants: also British mobilise play \ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz\

medical Definition of mobilize

mobilized also British mobilised; mobilizing also British mobilising
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
: to undergo mobilization : assemble and organize for action


also British mobilisable play \ˈmō-bə-ˌlī-zə-bəl\ adjective

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