mobilize

verb
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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Synonyms & Antonyms for mobilize

Synonyms

marshal (also marshall), muster, rally

Antonyms

demob [chiefly British], demobilize

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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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Johnson is a leader of the Philadelphia Domestic Workers Alliance, which is part of a national effort to mobilize an isolated workforce that’s often overlooked and exploited under the law. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "Housekeepers and nannies in Philadelphia may soon win basic legal rights," 21 June 2019 The startup company quickly mobilized and recorded one of the first videos of its kind, an immersive stadium concert film that would give a viewer the sensation of being among the pulsating crowd. Aric Jenkins, Fortune, "The Fall and Rise of VR: The Struggle to Make Virtual Reality Get Real," 20 June 2019 Parties groom and select candidates for office, coordinate election campaigns, and mobilize and educate voters. Didi Kuo, Vox, "Challenges to parties in the United States and beyond," 20 June 2019 Census implementation committees of all administrative levels will be formed to mobilize and educate people before March next year. Youyou Zhou, Quartz Africa, "Ghana is betting on a digital census in 2020 to transform its informal economy," 18 June 2019 America’s revived left wing, mobilized by Bernie Sanders and drawn to organizations like the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), does not doubt the disastrous consequences of the Trump presidency. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "Democracy and Its Discontents," 6 June 2019 The National Guard has mobilized personnel and trucks to the east side of Maui, said Herman Andaya, administrator of the county's emergency management agency. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Audrey Mcavoy, Fox News, "Tropical storm drops light rain as it nears Maui, Big Island," 12 Sep. 2018 The National Guard has mobilized personnel and trucks to the east side of Maui, said Herman Andaya, administrator of the county’s emergency management agency. Audrey Mcavoy, The Seattle Times, "Maui hunkers down for Tropical Storm Olivia nearing Hawaii," 11 Sep. 2018 Handyside said technicians have mobilized equipment and are ready to fix the problem — as soon as the ice melts enough to allow repairs. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Severely iced-over cellular tower causing service disruptions in Western Alaska," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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mobilize

verb

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

mobilize

verb
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

mobilize

verb
mo·​bi·​lize
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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