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[dee-moh-buh-lahyz] /diˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), demobilized, demobilizing.
to disband (troops, an army, etc.).
to discharge (a person) from military service.
Also, especially British, demobilise.
Origin of demobilize
First recorded in 1865-70; de- + mobilize
Related forms
demobilization, noun
nondemobilization, noun Unabridged
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  • The real crux of the situation, at the moment, was the demobilization of the Cuban army.

    The History of Cuba, vol. 4 Willis Fletcher Johnson
  • For there will, then, I added, be no demobilization but an armed conflict.

    England and Germany Emile Joseph Dillon
  • In September, lured by a false security, the governor ordered the demobilization of the state troops, save for two companies.

    A Poor Wise Man Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • Christopher has his post still at the Censors office, and wont, Im afraid, get his demobilization for some time.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • There were a few fellows he had known in squadron quarters overseas, home for good now that demobilization was fairly complete.

    Poor Man's Rock Bertrand W. Sinclair
  • We English adopted a much more intelligent plan for our demobilization.

    General Bramble Andr Maurois
  • With the Armistice and the demobilization period that followed the "Y" work was rather amplified than lessened.

  • But gradually the fact that demobilization would take a long time was becoming a fixed idea in the girls' minds.

  • It was entitled “demobilization, letters concerning,” and this was followed by a long number divided up by several strokes.

British Dictionary definitions for demobilization


to disband, as troops, etc
Derived Forms
demobilization, demobilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demobilization

1866; see demobilize + -ation.



1882; see de- (privative) + mobilize. Related: Demobilized; demobilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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