mo·bi·lize | \ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \
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



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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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For his Chicago family, Till's death mobilized a community of supporters that remains, Gordon-Taylor said. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "'Trayvon Martin before Trayvon Martin': 63 years after slaying, Emmett Till still visited daily at Alsip cemetery," 13 July 2018 The government mobilized 75,000 troops and emergency workers and nearly 80 helicopters for the search and rescue effort, Suga said. Mari Yamaguchi, The Seattle Times, "Many out of power, water in flood-hit Japan; over 150 dead," 10 July 2018 Mann was one of a group of members, with children long out of the district band program, who mobilized after the board’s vote in February to eliminate the program in the face of a steep deficit and the need to achieve a balanced budget. Staff Report,, "Let the music play: Successful fundraising effort by Norridge parents saves District 80 band program," 22 June 2018 That month, Trump directed the Department of Defense to support the Department of Homeland Security's efforts to secure the southern border where Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas mobilized their National Guards. Molly Beck, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Parents ask Gov. Scott Walker to keep Wisconsin troops away from Mexico border," 19 June 2018 Indeed, authors who mobilize the doppelgänger typically construct it with traits that are culturally undesirable or threatening to the status quo. Kelly Coyne, The Atlantic, "The Literary Insights of Sylvia Plath’s College Thesis," 22 May 2018 But before the #RedforEd movement had mobilized, other measures were well on their way to becoming law. Mary Jo Pitzl, The Republic |, "5 things Arizona lawmakers did for foster kids, parental rights this year," 22 May 2018 This was before the #MeToo moment mobilized American women to take action against harassment in the workplace. Rachel Stone, The New Republic, "A Video Game That Wants to Stop Sexual Harassment," 15 May 2018 Cowin said the group has achieved a number of milestones that mobilized local leaders and ended up transforming the street. Aleanna Siacon, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit's Virginia Park Historic District gets house-by-house makeover," 14 Apr. 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 \
mobilized; mobilizing

Kids Definition of mobilize

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


variants: also British mobilise \ˈmō-bə-ˌlīz \
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 \ adjective

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