- When the U.S. gets its military ready to deploy to fight a war, this is an example of when they mobilize the troops.
- When a politician gets out the word that all his supporters need to vote on a particular issue, this is an example of when he mobilizes his supporters.
To mobilize is to prepare people, or to get something moving, or to direct resources towards some goal.
transitive verb-·lized·, -·liz·ing
- to make mobile, or movable
- to put into motion, circulation, or use
- to bring into readiness for immediate active service in war
- to organize (people, resources, etc.) for active service or use in any emergency, drive, etc.
Origin of mobilizeFrench mobiliser
to become organized and ready, as for war
verbmo·bi·lized, mo·bi·liz·ing, mo·bi·liz·es
- To assemble, prepare, or put into active service: mobilized the reserve troops.
- To assemble, marshal, or coordinate for a purpose: mobilized young voters to support the progressive candidate; mobilized public outrage against the new law.
- To release or make available, as cells or chemical substances: hormones that mobilize calcium from bones.
To become mobilized: troops mobilizing for war.
(third-person singular simple present mobilizes, present participle mobilizing, simple past and past participle mobilized)