Use the verb mobilize to describe preparing something — or someone — to spring into action, or to be put into use. You might mobilize the troops, or even your classmates, into action.

A busy mother might mobilize her kids to grab their lunches and head out to the bus stop on time, and a detective might mobilize her resources before tracking down a wily criminal. Mobilize literally means "make mobile," and the Latin root is mobilis, "movable, pliable, or flexible."

Definitions of mobilize

v make ready for action or use

marshal, mobilise, summon
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

v get ready for war

demob, demobilise, demobilize
retire from military service
Type of:
militarise, militarize
lend a military character to (a country), as by building up a military force

v call to arms; of military personnel

call up, mobilise, rally
demobilise, demobilize, inactivate
release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
Type of:
call, send for
order, request, or command to come

v cause to move around

circulate, mobilise
Type of:
displace, move
cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense

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