Definition of mobilize
1a : to put into movement or circulation mobilize financial assetsb : 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 dutyb : to marshal (something, such as resources) for action mobilize support for a proposal
: to undergo mobilization The army can mobilize quickly for a major war.
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.
Recent Examples of mobilize from the Web
Meantime, the anti-fascist organizers have used the Portland deaths to mobilize opposition to the rally.
Once these vulnerable areas are identified, the staff at The Center for Child Maltreatment can mobilize, flooding target areas with preventive resources.
The Underwoods mobilize their legal team to initiate election challenges in several states, and Doug enlists Aidan's help.
His group was behind mobilizing that backlash, and said its members generated more than 1,600 phone calls to USAA within 48 hours.
On May 24, tens of thousands of demonstrators, mobilized by trade unions, gathered in Brasilia to demand the president’s ouster and the end of his reform program.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić called an emergency meeting and mobilized his nation’s military, lest conflict boil over.
When the U.S. tried to mobilize the European powers to manage the breakup of Yugoslavia, Germany balked at the risk.
In the summer of 2009, Iran’s political opposition mobilized around Facebook and Twitter to protest widespread electoral fraud.
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First Known Use of mobilize
MOBILIZE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of mobilize for English Language Learners
: to bring (people) together for action
: to come together for action
: to make (soldiers, an army, etc.) ready for war
MOBILIZE Defined for Kids
Definition of mobilize for Students
: to assemble (as military forces) and make ready for action
Medical Definition of mobilize
transitive verb: 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
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