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Definition of demobilize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

demobilize

 verb
(British English also -ise) verb
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪz//
 
(also British English, informal demob)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they demobilize
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪz//
 
he / she / it demobilizes
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪz//
 
past simple demobilized
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//
 
past participle demobilized
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪzd//
 
-ing form demobilizing
BrE BrE//dɪˈməʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈmoʊbəlaɪzɪŋ//
 
 
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demobilize somebody to release somebody from military service, especially at the end of a war We were waiting to be demobilized. The army has demobilized 200 000 soldiers in the last two years. compare mobilize Word Origin late 19th cent.: from French démobiliser, from dé- (expressing reversal) + mobiliser ‘mobilize’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: demobilize