- 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.
- to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war: to mobilize for action.
Also especially British, mo·bi·lise.
Origin of mobilize
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- 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
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
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
- 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.
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