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.
Recent Examples on the Web Refugee resettlement organizations are racing to mobilize resources to neighboring countries to assist people fleeing Ukraine in what some advocates say could be the world's largest refugee crisis since World War II. Priscilla Alvarez, CNN, 1 Mar. 2022 Policymakers must take immediate action to mobilize federal, state, and local resources to close skills gaps. Jeremy J. Wheaton, Fortune, 1 Feb. 2022 Whether or not this friendly competition truly exists, there are far worse issues for which to mobilize royal resources than the environment. Marie Claire Editors, Marie Claire, 17 Oct. 2021 The time is right to mobilize resources for education R&D. Stacey Childress, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Elizabeth City Mayor Bettie Parker said law enforcement anticipated a period of civil unrest after the release and the state of emergency order helps mobilize state and federal resources. Fox News, 26 Apr. 2021 The Russian offensive has stalled out in recent days, giving the Ukrainian army the opportunity both to mobilize reserves and launch counteroffensives around Kyiv and other cities. David Axe, Forbes, 18 Mar. 2022 Despite that, the SPLC warned white nationalists could continue to mobilize and even commit violence during the 2022 midterm elections. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, 9 Mar. 2022 During the Troubles, an intense period of conflict in Northern Ireland, Ms. Williams founded a protest movement to mobilize people and demand an end to the violence. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of mobilize

1838, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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11 May 2022

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“Mobilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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