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



    (British English also -ise) verb
    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//
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  1. 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. 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. 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
  4. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French mobiliser, from mobile, from Latin mobilis, from movere ‘to move’.
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