demobilize

[dee-moh-buh-lahyz]
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verb (used with object), de·mo·bi·lized, de·mo·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to disband (troops, an army, etc.).
  2. 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
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demobilize

demobilise

verb
  1. to disband, as troops, etc
Derived Formsdemobilization or demobilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for demobilization
n.

1866; see demobilize + -ation.

demobilize

v.

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

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