When a government gets its troops prepared for battle, that's mobilization. It's also mobilization when you organize your family to throw a surprise party for your sister.

Preparing a group of people so they're ready to act at a moment's notice is what mobilization is all about. It comes from the verb mobilize, which literally means "to make mobile." Both words have been used in a military context since the 1850s, originally to talk about the Imperial Russian Army and its mobilization at the start of the Crimean War. Before that, mobilization simply meant "rendering capable of movement."

Definitions of mobilization
  1. noun
    act of marshaling and organizing and making ready for use or action
    mobilization of the country's economic resources”
    synonyms: mobilisation
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    economic mobilisation, economic mobilization
    mobilization of the economy
    the act of mobilizing for a common purpose
    type of:
    assemblage, assembly, gathering
    the social act of assembling
  2. noun
    act of assembling and putting into readiness for war or other emergency: "mobilization of the troops"
    synonyms: militarisation, militarization, mobilisation
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    demobilisation, demobilization
    act of changing from a war basis to a peace basis including disbanding or discharging troops
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    armament, arming, equipping
    the act of equiping with weapons in preparation for war
    conscription, draft, muster, selective service
    compulsory military service
    remilitarisation, remilitarization
    the act of militarizing again
    the act of renovating and fitting out a ship
    the act of arming again
    levy, levy en masse
    the act of drafting into military service
    type of:
    social control
    control exerted (actively or passively) by group action
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