[ moh-buh-lahyz ]
See synonyms for: mobilizemobilizingmobilization on

verb (used with object),mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.

  2. to organize or adapt (industries, transportation facilities, etc.) for service to the government in time of war.

  1. to marshal, bring together, prepare (power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature: to mobilize one's energy.

  2. 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.
  1. to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war: to mobilize for action.

Origin of mobilize

First recorded in 1830–40; back formation from mobilization; see mobile, -ization
  • Also especially British, mo·bi·lise .

Other words from mobilize

  • mo·bi·liz·a·ble, adjective
  • mo·bi·li·za·tion [moh-buh-lahy-zey-shuhn] /ˌmoʊ bə laɪˈzeɪ ʃən/ noun
  • mo·bi·liz·er, noun
  • o·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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use mobilize in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for mobilize



/ (ˈməʊbɪˌlaɪz) /

  1. to prepare for war or other emergency by organizing (national resources, the armed services, etc)

  2. (tr) to organize for a purpose; marshal

  1. (tr) to put into motion, circulation, or use

Derived forms of mobilize

  • mobilizable or mobilisable, adjective
  • mobilization or mobilisation, noun

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