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 Suryanarayanan said that while inclusivity still lags, the idea of the collective can mobilize many to action. NBC News, "Sikhs, South Asians call for solidarity across Asian America after Indianapolis shooting," 22 Apr. 2021 The Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force quickly can mobilize hundreds of modern fighters for an attack on Taiwan. David Axe, Forbes, "It Took Four Aerial Tankers To Drag Four U.S. Air Force F-16s To The South China Sea—And That’s A Problem," 16 Apr. 2021 Intense emotions mobilize people, but not always for the good of all life on this planet. Sarah Jaquette Ray, Scientific American, "The Unbearable Whiteness of Climate Anxiety," 21 Mar. 2021 Missions must be inspirational, not only to mobilize investment across the economy, but also to promote active and informed citizen engagement. Mariana Mazzucato, The New Republic, "Saving the Climate in a Triple Crisis," 15 Mar. 2021 With that encouragement and support, the city’s arts groups can mobilize. Justin Davidson, Curbed, "How We’ll Be Able to Hear Live Music This Summer," 26 Feb. 2021 Dancy said conspiracy theorists quickly mobilize to fill information voids by latching on to an existing theory and tying it to a breaking news event. Adam Tamburin, USA TODAY, "Debunked conspiracy theories quickly circulated amid uncertainty after Nashville bombing," 30 Dec. 2020 Equitable global vaccine production and distribution that does not dehumanize people in the Global South is critical; the U.S. is well-positioned to mobilize its resources utilizing existing military infrastructure to lead these efforts. Christopher Jackson, Scientific American, "We Must Enhance—but also Decolonize—America’s Global Health Diplomacy," 5 Apr. 2021 The majority of Russians remain apathetic and deeply cynical about political change, attitudes also cultivated by Kremlin propaganda, experts said, which poses a huge challenge to Navalny’s efforts to mobilize them. Patrick Reevell, ABC News, "How Putin keeps his grip over Russia, even with support waning," 14 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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29 Apr 2021

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“Mobilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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 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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