from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To discharge from military service or use.
- transitive v. To disband (troops).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To release someone from military duty, especially after a war.
- v. To disband troops, or remove them from a war footing.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To disorganize, or disband and send home, as troops which have been mobilized.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To disband; change from a condition of mobilization. Also written demobilise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. release from military service or remove from the active list of military service
- v. retire from military service
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When does a song "demobilize" a word, so that no serious lyricist can use it again?
The usual way, after the Royal Review that ended the big fleet manoeuvres for the year, was to "demobilize" ships that had been specially "mobilized" (made ready for the front) by adding Reserve men to their nucleus crews.
What about Uribe's high-profile program to "demobilize" the paramilitaries?
Quebec expects to be particularly hard hit in tourism, as "the re-introduction of the obligatory visa in the middle of the summer will effectively demobilize" Mexican tourists.
A young FDLR combatant wishing to demobilize speaking with Amani from South Kivu (picture by Steve Hege)
Yes | No | Report from Fisher Boy wrote 44 weeks 4 days ago screw the law when someone breaks into your house with a gun, i say attempt to demobilize or scare them first if you have a good shot and are concealed, but otherwise take them out.
Correctly sensing the mood of the country, he wanted government to contract after the war and the military to demobilize.
European Pressphoto Agency Hundreds of East Timorese activists staged a demonstration on Oct. 5 in Dili, protesting the government's decision to demobilize the country's national freedom fighters.
Under the peace agreement, the north and the south agreed to demobilize 90,000 soldiers on each side.
The Khartoum government has pledged to demobilize an equal number of its forces.