AskDefine | Define demob

Dictionary Definition

demob v : retire from military service [syn: demobilize, demobilise] [ant: mobilize, mobilize] [also: demobbing, demobbed]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /diˈmɒb/, /"di"mQb/
  • a US /diˈmɑb/, /di."mAb/


  1. To demobilize; to release someone from military service.

Extensive Definition

Demob redirects here. For the television series, see Demob (TV series). For the British punk rock band see Demob (band). See also D Mob.
Demobilization is the process of standing down a nation's armed forces from combat-ready status. This may be as a result of victory in war, or because a crisis has been peacefully resolved and military force will not be necessary. The opposite of demobilization is mobilization.
In the final days of World War II, for example, the United States Armed Forces developed a demobilization plan which would discharge soldiers on the basis of a point system that favored length and certain types of service.
The phrase demob happy refers to demobilization and is broadly applied to the feeling of relief at imminent release from a time-serving burden, such as a career.


demob in German: Demobilisierung
demob in Spanish: Desmovilización
demob in Japanese: 復員
demob in Russian: Демобилизация
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