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de·mo·bi·lize / dēˈmōbəˌlīz/ • v. [tr.] (usu. be demobilized) take (troops) out of active service, typically at the end of a war: he was demobilized in 1946. ∎  [intr.] cease military operations: Germany demanded that they demobilize within twelve hours. DERIVATIVES: de·mo·bi·li·za·tion / -ˌmōbəliˈzāshən/ n.

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demobilize disband (armed forces);
also demobilization. XIX. — F. démobiliser, -isation; see DE- 7, MOBILIZE. abbrev. demob vb. XX.