verb (used with object), de·mo·bi·lized, de·mo·bi·liz·ing.

to disband (troops, an army, etc.).
to discharge (a person) from military service.

Also especially British, de·mo·bi·lise.

Origin of demobilize

First recorded in 1865–70; de- + mobilize
Related formsde·mo·bi·li·za·tion, nounnon·de·mo·bi·li·za·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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to disband, as troops, etc
Derived Formsdemobilization or demobilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demobilise



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

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