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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.
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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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Related Words for demobilize

disarm, withdraw, disband, retire, disperse

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


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

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