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 Scott served as a member of Trump's presidential transition team and helped launch the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, which aims to mobilize minority voters to support Trump and provide them a voice in his campaign. Mica Soellner, Washington Examiner, "Pastor Darrell Scott says Trump is the most pro-black president he's seen in his lifetime," 21 May 2020 While the National Guard has been a help to communities during the pandemic, it is only authorized to mobilize until June 24. Madeline Heim, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin to ramp up testing with federal CARES Act funding as coronavirus cases in Wisconsin near 13,000," 19 May 2020 Bella and Gloria immediately guess who’s behind it all, and try to mobilize their resources to stop Rosemary’s progress. Anne Cohen,, "Mrs America Episode 7 Recap: Bella Abzug, Radical Rebel," 13 May 2020 Andrea Ganna of the University of Helsinki has launched the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative, which aims to mobilize the international community of geneticists working on this topic. Loïc Mangin, Scientific American, "Do Your Genes Predispose You to COVID-19?," 30 Apr. 2020 Both items also drew parallels between the recent protests and the Tea Party movement, which tried to mobilize grass-roots pushback against the Obama administration’s health-care reform and other liberal projects. Jonathan S. Tobin, National Review, "Some Conspiracy Theories Are More Equal Than Others," 24 Apr. 2020 Around the world, protesters have figured out how to mobilize while also keeping apart. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Can Mass-Protest Movements Survive the Coronavirus?," 23 Apr. 2020 What the past few years have shown is that Americans can be mobilized by the most remarkable falsehoods. Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, "An Earth Day Reminder of How the Republicans Have Forsaken the Environment," 22 Apr. 2020 The demonstration was reminiscent of a larger gathering in Lansing on April 15, when thousands of protesters mobilized by conservative groups created a traffic jam on the streets around the Capitol. Jacey Fortin, New York Times, "Michigan Governor Reinstates State of Emergency as Protests Ramp Up," 11 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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28 May 2020

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“Mobilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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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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