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

to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.
to organize or adapt (industries, transportation facilities, etc.) for service to the government in time of war.
to marshal, bring together, prepare (power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature: to mobilize one's energy.
to increase or bring to a full stage of development: to mobilize one's anger.

verb (used without object), mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing.

to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war: to mobilize for action.

Also especially British, mo·bi·lise.

Origin of mobilize

1830–40; back formation from mobilization. See mobile, -ization
Related formsmo·bi·liz·a·ble, adjectivemo·bi·li·za·tion, nounmo·bi·liz·er, nouncoun·ter·mo·bi·li·za·tion, nouno·ver·mo·bi·lize, verb, o·ver·mo·bi·lized, o·ver·mo·bi·liz··mo·bi·li·za·tion, nounre·mo·bi·lize, verb, re·mo·bi·lized, re·mo·bi·liz·ing.un·mo·bi·lized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for mobilise

Historical Examples of mobilise

  • We were to be mowed down, mowed down and sabred before we had time to mobilise.


    George A. Birmingham

  • We have information that they will mobilise quickly—much more quickly than most people think.

    Good Old Anna

    Marie Belloc Lowndes

  • I did not answer him, but turned round to the wounded soldier next me and said to him, "When did you mobilise?"

    Wounded and a Prisoner of War

    Malcolm V. (Malcolm Vivian) Hay

  • Ecuador maintains a permanent force of about 5000 men, and claims that it could mobilise 90,000 in case of war.

  • As the strain continually grew more severe it was found necessary to mobilise successive divisions and additional batteries.

British Dictionary definitions for mobilise




to prepare for war or other emergency by organizing (national resources, the armed services, etc)
(tr) to organize for a purpose; marshal
(tr) to put into motion, circulation, or use
Derived Formsmobilizable or mobilisable, adjectivemobilization or mobilisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for mobilise

chiefly British English spelling of mobilize; for suffix, see -ize. Related: Mobilised; mobilising.



1833 in the military sense; 1838 as "render capable of movement, bring into circulation," from French mobiliser, from mobile "movable" (see mobile). Related: Mobilized; mobilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

mobilise in Medicine




To make mobile or capable of movement.
To restore the power of motion to a joint.
To release into the body, as glycogen from the liver.
Related formsmo′bi•li•zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.