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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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 To fully mobilize them in response to the present inflationary pressures, government needs to step aside, not insert itself into more places. The Editors, National Review, 11 Nov. 2021 Ukraine says Moscow kept about 90,000 troops in the area after large-scale war games in western Russia earlier this year, and could easily mobilize them. Arkansas Online, 1 Dec. 2021 The arrival of the more transmissible Delta variant in China earlier this year only served to strengthen the Chinese Communist Party’s confidence in its ‘’zero covid’' approach and pride in its ability to mobilize the masses to stamp out outbreaks. BostonGlobe.com, 29 Oct. 2021 Nonprofit organizations will play a key role because of their unique ability to mobilize private actors and resources to address the common good. Scott Dolan, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 And yet Maduro survived, consolidating his grip on power while Guaidó's popularity and ability to mobilize the masses dramatically waned. Washington Post, 13 Aug. 2021 For labor leaders, the day was a test of their ability to mobilize workers in the face of the profound economic disruptions. Nicholas Garriga, Star Tribune, 1 May 2021 For labor leaders, the day was a test of their ability to mobilize workers in the face of the profound economic disruptions. Nicholas Garriga, chicagotribune.com, 1 May 2021 People are living longer and more children are surviving past infancy thanks to medical advances, but post-colonial governments often don’t have or don’t mobilize the resources to support huge numbers of people moving to cities. Kathryn Grace, The Conversation, 4 Oct. 2021

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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11 Jan 2022

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“Mobilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mobilize. Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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 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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