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

Related Words for demobilize

disarm, withdraw, disband, retire, disperse

Examples from the Web for demobilize

Contemporary Examples of demobilize

  • But this week, even as a new cabinet was sworn in, the Houthis showed no signs of honoring their commitment to demobilize.

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Historical Examples of demobilize

British Dictionary definitions for demobilize




to disband, as troops, etc
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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