Definition of mobilize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈməʊbɪlʌɪz/
(also mobilise)


[with object]
1(Of a country or its government) prepare and organize (troops) for active service: the government mobilized regular forces, reservists, and militia
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  • The Liberal government mobilized the Army, Navy, and even our own Air Force.
  • Up to 19,000 troops had been mobilised by the government to serve as emergency cover during the dispute.
  • Forces of religion and nationalism can be rapidly mobilized by governments, however unsavory, against even well-intended invaders.
marshal, deploy, muster, rally, call to arms, call up, summon, assemble, mass, organize, make ready, prepare, ready
1.1Organize and encourage (a group of people) to take collective action in pursuit of a particular objective: it would be hard for worker representatives to mobilize the workforce against the employers
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  • You're never going to be able to activate a group of workers or mobilise a group of workers if you're campaigning for something that they don't care about.
  • In the end, it didn't take a lot to mobilise a group of workers who virtually shut down the British economy last week.
  • You're either persuading people to vote for you or you're organizing and mobilizing those who already support your cause.
bring into play, bring into service, arouse, generate, induce, cause, resort to, awaken, deploy, waken, excite, incite, provoke, foment, prompt, stimulate, stir up, impel, galvanize, urge, encourage, inspire, whip up
1.2Bring (resources) into use for a particular purpose: at sea we will mobilize any amount of resources to undertake a rescue
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  • Between 1942 and 1945, the economy grew by an annual average of 7.7 per cent as idle resources were mobilised for military purposes.
  • I ask that my internal resources become mobilised for the purpose of noticing when contact occurs.
  • It can also be seen as an attempt to obtain legitimacy for purposes of demonstrating social worthiness and mobilising resources.
2Make (something) movable or capable of movement: the physiotherapist might mobilize the patient’s shoulder girdle
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  • The physiotherapist would gently mobilise the joint associated with manual therapy or massage; it's not a high velocity thrust technique.
  • Patients were mobilized with crutches under the guidance of a physiotherapist in the immediate postoperative period.
  • Both types of rejection leave memory cells that remain in circulation to mobilize the immune system if the same foreign antigen is reintroduced.
2.1Make (a substance) able to be transported by or as a liquid: acid rain mobilizes the aluminium in forest soils
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  • As acidic water percolates through mineral soils, Aluminum is mobilized and transported into streams and lakes.
  • Airborne pollutants from copper smelters or acidic rain that mobilizes naturally-occurring metals near streams may have resulted in toxic levels of cadmium.
  • Because cortisol mobilizes amino acids, it is effective in helping to repair damaged tissue.



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  • And maybe the final point is that they are more easily mobilizable.
  • Where are the mobilizable political armies on the liberal team?
  • Both countries claim about 4.5 million reservists, although reasonably well-equipped, trained and expeditiously mobilizable troops probably total no more than 500,000 apiece.


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  • Could Jeremy detect that, despite my scheme, I was a mobilizer, too?
  • ‘These persons act as social mobilisers who reach out to the community with a holistic approach,’ she said.
  • ‘Europe is a mobiliser in these kind of areas,’ he said.


Mid 19th century: from French mobiliser, from mobile (see mobile).

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