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demobilize Syllabification: de·mo·bi·lize
Pronunciation: /dēˈmōbəˌlīz/

Definition of demobilize in English:


[with object] (usually be demobilized)
1Take (troops) out of active service, typically at the end of a war: he was demobilized in February 1946
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  • Then, once agreement had been reached between the two countries, they would both demobilise their armies.
  • The army was demobilised and without having lost a battle, the nation had lost the war.
  • Politically, everyone wants to demobilize reserve soldiers as quickly as possible following a national emergency requiring their presence.
disband, decommission, discharge, demilitarize
informal demob
1.1 [no object] Cease military operations: Germany demanded that they demobilize within twelve hours
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  • In the end though, he finds himself recording the activities of a retreating army, which in spite of political turmoil at home and some internal dissension within the ranks, demobilized almost as efficiently as it had mobilized.
  • For example, when two neighboring tribes need to demobilize, the presence of peacekeepers in both of those tribes' lands might help ease anxiety over whether by demobilizing they're opening themselves up to attack by their neighbors.
  • It has promised to demobilise before, then gone back on its word, but this time it appears to be for real.


Late 19th century: from French démobiliser, from dé- (expressing reversal) + mobiliser 'mobilize'.



Pronunciation: /-ˌmōbəliˈzāSHən/
Example sentences
  • I think that the disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of ex-combatants have been a success.
  • They are to support disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration of the former combatants, he said.
  • Next, only an augmented international security presence in regional centers, plus targeted reconstruction aid that provides incentives for demobilization will bridge the security gap.

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