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 Now, Ren is shedding that anonymity as Huawei Technologies Ltd. mobilizes against the latest threat to its success: U.S. sanctions and warnings that is a security risk. Washington Post, "Huawei founder says US sanctions not his toughest crisis," 8 Nov. 2019 Polls showed a tight race, with few undecided voters and both campaigns hoping Trump will mobilize their bases. Fox News, "Trump boosts GOP gubernatorial candidate in Louisiana in rally with 'Duck Dynasty' star," 7 Nov. 2019 Indeed, since the hiring-hall-reliant building-trades unions have traditionally made up the labor movement’s right flank, a warm embrace of their business model could help mobilize some already strong hiring halls as a meaningful pro-GOP force. Eli Lehrer, National Review, "How the Trump Administration Should Help Nontraditional Labor Organizations," 7 Nov. 2019 Something notable about these protests, from Chile to Lebanon to Catalonia, is that protesters are mobilizing around far more than single issues. Monica Clua Losada, Quartz, "Technology is changing the face of global protests," 7 Nov. 2019 All three of the top candidates were endorsed by the teachers union, which had mobilized because of fears that teachers could lose their contract. Meg Wingerter, The Denver Post, "Union-backed candidates leading in Douglas County, Aurora, Littleton and Denver," 6 Nov. 2019 The Calderons’ adult children rushed to catch flights to El Paso, and friends and relatives on both sides of the border mobilized to look for her, with two motorcycle gangs even joining the search. Roxana Popescu, New York Times, "Dementia Can Make Patients Wander. What if They Cross the Border?," 3 Nov. 2019 Within about 16 hours of Kamille’s disappearance, the FBI was brought in and later mobilized its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment teams to Birmingham. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Community won’t stop until Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney is home, pastor says," 19 Oct. 2019 Meet Sister Night Things are fine and dandy in Tulsa until a member of the Kalvary shoots a black officer making a traffic stop, mobilizing the police force against the hate group, particularly Det. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "'Watchmen' season premiere recap: What the heck did we just watch?," 16 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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13 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Mobilize.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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