- 1[transitive, intransitive] mobilize (somebody) to work together in order to achieve a particular aim; to organize a group of people to do this synonym rally The unions mobilized thousands of workers in a protest against the cuts. They successfully mobilized public opinion against him.
- 2[transitive] mobilize something to find and start to use something that is needed for a particular purpose synonym marshal They were unable to mobilize the resources they needed.
- 3[transitive, intransitive] mobilize (somebody/something) if a country mobilizes its army, or if a country or army mobilizes, it makes itself ready to fight in a war The troops were ordered to mobilize. The military is able to mobilize rapidly. compare demobilize See related entries: Conflict Word Origin mid 19th cent.: from French mobiliser, from mobile, from Latin mobilis, from movere
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪz//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mobilize
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪz//he / she / it mobilizes
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪzɪz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪz//past simple mobilized
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//past participle mobilized
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪzd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//-ing form mobilizing
BrE BrE//ˈməʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//Conflict