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 mobilized

Contemporary Examples of mobilized

Historical Examples of mobilized

  • I would like to return to Paris, but the railway is mobilized.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • Troops were mobilized hurriedly, preparations rushed for warfare.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • A battle fleet was mobilized and rushed to the spot, but the city was impregnable.

    Islands of Space

    John W Campbell

  • And the Militia can't be mobilized in anything less than a day.

    Ministry of Disturbance

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Mobilized as nurses because you are friend of a friend of a deputy!

    The Backwash of War

    Ellen N. La Motte

British Dictionary definitions for mobilized




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
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Word Origin and History for mobilized



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

mobilized 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.
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