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


marshal (also marshall), muster, rally


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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Last year in Virginia, Steyer spent $2 million to mobilize millennial voters on behalf of Democratic gubernatorial candidates Ralph Northam. Jim Morrill, charlotteobserver, "Could young voters hold the key to NC races? This guy is betting $1 million they can | Charlotte Observer," 17 Apr. 2018 In recent months, rumors of a feud between Kate and Meghan may have mobilized each royal's fans against the other's. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Have Been Subjected to Horrifying Online Abuse," 28 Jan. 2019 The Bush administration mobilized the Coast Guard to intercept them; about a third expressed a desire to seek asylum, while the Bush administration fought a court case challenging its authority to deport the rest. Dara Lind, Vox, "William Barr hearing: attorney general nominee’s immigration record aligns with Trump’s," 16 Jan. 2019 The Anger Groups finally mobilized in October after a petition about fuel taxes went viral within a small Parisian suburb. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook’s role in the French protests has polarized observers," 11 Dec. 2018 But young people in Mexico have also mobilized on an unprecedented scale. Ciara Nugent, Time, "Your Complete Guide to Mexico's 2018 Elections," 29 June 2018 But now that the men have been found guilty, their lawyers have mobilized around variations of a single plea: Spare the life of Eloyn Ingraham. Spare the life of Bernard Forbes. Spare the life of Andre Delancy. Rafael Olmeda,, "Defense lawyers seek mercy for three convicted in Broward deputy's murder," 29 June 2018 Both are beloved figures among progressive activists who have mobilized against the Amazon deal and who, political observers say, could challenge the Democratic state senator from the left. Jimmy Vielkind, WSJ, "State Street: Albany Lawmakers Eye Campaign Finance Reform, but Activists Want More," 13 Jan. 2019 The origins of Soranet seem jarringly benign for a site that has mobilized tens of thousands of protesters to take to the streets and an international effort to track down its administrators. Shawn Musgrave, The Verge, "How ICE used an obscure rule to pursue the owners of a Korean porn site," 27 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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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