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 Since then, voter outreach groups, like the New Georgia Project, Asian American Advocacy Fund and Mijente, have continued to hustle on the ground to mobilize young and minority voters. Los Angeles Times, "Essential Politics: How Georgia upended expectations," 6 Jan. 2021 Trump and Biden plan last-minute, in-person efforts Monday to mobilize voters after more than 3 million people cast ballots early. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump, on tape, presses Georgia elections official to ‘find’ Trump votes," 3 Jan. 2021 Trump and Biden plan last-minute, in-person efforts Monday to mobilize voters after more than 3 million people cast ballots early. Dallas News, "Trump, on tape, presses Georgia official to ‘find’ Trump votes," 3 Jan. 2021 Ossoff and Warnock have held rallies in college towns, invested in staff to help register and mobilize young voters, engaged social media influencers to promote content and run ad campaigns on new media and digital platforms. Ben Nadler, ajc, "Turnout among young voters key to Georgia Senate runoffs," 26 Dec. 2020 The campaign says the robust messaging will continue nationally and in key battlegrounds through Election Day to mobilize Black voters. Caitlin Conant, CBS News, "Trump hits the campaign trail in Nebraska," 27 Oct. 2020 McRae’s organization came up with several ideas to mobilize voters and reached out to the school to get assistance, but there wasn’t much space to work with. Kyle J. Andrews,, "Coppin State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee named recipient of John Lewis HBCU Grant," 26 Oct. 2020 The lack of partisan affiliation for judicial candidates introduces an element of randomness into these races, placing a higher emphasis on political parties’ ability to mobilize voters to support their candidates. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohio House advances bill to list political party for judicial candidates on ballot for November elections," 8 Dec. 2020 Both Democratic candidates, the state Democratic Party and outside groups have put together daily canvassing efforts to register and mobilize voters — again. New York Times, "The Suburbs Helped Elect Biden. Can They Give Democrats the Senate, Too?," 7 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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11 Jan 2021

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“Mobilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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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 mobilize (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 mobilize (audio) \ adjective

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