demobilize

demobilize
[[t]di͟ːmo͟ʊbɪlaɪz[/t]]
demobilizes, demobilizing, demobilized
(in BRIT, also use demobilise)
1) V-ERG If a country or armed force demobilizes its troops, or if its troops demobilize, its troops are released from service and allowed to go home.

[V n] Dos Santos has demanded that UNITA sign a cease-fire and demobilize its troops...

It is highly unlikely that the rebels will agree to give up their weapons and demobilise.

Derived words:
demobilization [[t]di͟ːmo͟ʊbɪlaɪze͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]] N-UNCOUNT usu with supp

The government had previously been opposed to the demobilisation of its 100,000 strong army.

2) VERB: usu passive If someone has been demobilized, they have completed their service in the armed forces of their country. [AM]

[be V-ed] I spent one year in the service and did not come back to the United States until after I was demobilized.


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  • Demobilize — De*mob i*lize, v. t. [Cf. F. d[ e]mobiliser.] (Mil.) To disorganize, or disband and send home, as troops which have been mobilized. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • demobilize — index disarm (divest of arms), disband, dismiss (discharge), disorganize, dissociate, dissolve (separate) …   Law dictionary

  • demobilize — 1882; see DE (Cf. de ) (privative) + MOBILIZE (Cf. mobilize). Related: Demobilized; demobilizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • demobilize — (Amer.) de·mo·bi·lize || diː məʊbɪlaɪz v. discharge from military service; disband an army (also demobilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • demobilize — (also demobilise) ► VERB ▪ take (troops) out of active service. DERIVATIVES demobilization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • demobilize — [dē mō′bə līz΄] vt. demobilized, demobilizing 1. to disband (troops) 2. to discharge (a person) from the armed forces demobilization n …   English World dictionary

  • demobilize — UK [dɪˈməʊbəlaɪz] / US [dɪˈmoʊb(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [intransitive/transitive, usually passive] Word forms demobilize : present tense I/you/we/they demobilize he/she/it demobilizes present participle demobilizing past tense demobilized past participle… …   English dictionary

  • demobilize — transitive verb Date: 1882 1. disband 2. to discharge from military service • demobilization noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • demobilize — demobilization, n. /dee moh beuh luyz /, v.t., demobilized, demobilizing. 1. to disband (troops, an army, etc.). 2. to discharge (a person) from military service. Also, esp. Brit., demobilise. [1865 70; DE + MOBILIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • demobilize — verb a) To release someone from military duty, especially after a war. b) To disband troops, or remove them from a war footing. See Also: demobilization …   Wiktionary

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