verb (used with object), mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing.

  1. to assemble or marshal (armed forces, military reserves, or civilian persons of military age) into readiness for active service.
  2. to organize or adapt (industries, transportation facilities, etc.) for service to the government in time of war.
  3. to marshal, bring together, prepare (power, force, wealth, etc.) for action, especially of a vigorous nature: to mobilize one’s energy.
  4. to increase or bring to a full stage of development: to mobilize one’s anger.

verb (used without object), mo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing.

  1. to be or become assembled, organized, etc., as for war: to mobilize for action.


  1. to prepare for war or other emergency by organizing (national resources, the armed services, etc)
  2. (tr) to organize for a purpose; marshal
  3. (tr) to put into motion, circulation, or use

1833 in the military sense; 1838 as “render capable of movement, bring into circulation,” from French mobiliser, from mobile “movable” (see mobile). Related: Mobilized; mobilizing.


  1. To make mobile or capable of movement.
  2. To restore the power of motion to a joint.
  3. To release into the body, as glycogen from the liver.

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