- To mobilize is to prepare people, or to get something moving, or to direct resources towards some goal.
- 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.
transitive verbmobilized, mobilizing
- 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 become mobilized: troops mobilizing for war.
(third-person singular simple present mobilizes, present participle mobilizing, simple past and past participle mobilized)