[ moh-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈmoʊ bəˌlaɪz /
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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.
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Also especially British, mo·bi·lise .
Origin of mobilize
First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from mobilization; see mobile, -ization
OTHER WORDS FROM mobilize
mo·bi·liz·a·ble, adjectivemo·bi·li·za·tion [moh-buh-lahy-zey-shuhn] /ˌmoʊ bə laɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ nounmo·bi·liz·er, nouno·ver·mo·bi·lize, verb, o·ver·mo·bi·lized, o·ver·mo·bi·liz·ing.
re·mo·bi·lize, verb, re·mo·bi·lized, re·mo·bi·liz·ing.un·mo·bi·lized, adjective
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How to use mobilize in a sentence
Rapid firing is "the alarm," and would mobilise a brigade of infantry within an hour or two.The Land of the Black Mountain|Reginald Wyon
The immediate effect of the depopulation had been to mobilise, as it were, the labouring class.A History of Epidemics in Britain (Volume I of II)|Charles Creighton
The word went round to "mobilise," and we would all stand ready, each on his bed, to repel boarders.Adventures of a Despatch Rider|W. H. L. Watson
We will suppose that you get your way, and every young Briton is bound, on summons, to mobilise.Brother Copas|Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
He pointed out how they would get the start of the authorities before these could mobilise their forces.The Strange Story of Rab Rby|Mr Jkai
British Dictionary definitions for mobilize
/ (ˈməʊbɪˌlaɪz) /
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 forms of mobilizemobilizable or mobilisable, adjectivemobilization or mobilisation, noun
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