mobilize

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
  1. verb
    make ready for action or use
    synonyms: marshal, mobilise, summon
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    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  2. verb
    get ready for war
    synonyms: mobilise
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    Antonyms:
    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
  3. verb
    call to arms; of military personnel
    synonyms: call up, mobilise, rally
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    Antonyms:
    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
  4. verb
    cause to move around
    synonyms: circulate, mobilise
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    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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