Meaning of “mobile” in the English Dictionary

"mobile" in British English

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uk /ˈməʊ.baɪl/ us /ˈmoʊ.bəl/

mobile adjective (MOVING)

[ not usually before noun ] moving or walking around freely:

You've broken your ankle but you'll be fully mobile within a couple of months.
It's important to keep the joint mobile while it heals.

able to be moved from one place to another:

He uses a mobile laboratory.
a mobile medical unit

More examples

  • It will be months before he is mobile again.
  • He uses a mobile laboratory.
  • The equipment is not really mobile.
  • We have family ties, so we're not very mobile.
  • She works for a mobile unit of doctors.

mobilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈməʊ.baɪl/ us /ˈmoʊ.bəl/

(Definition of “mobile” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mobile" in American English

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us /ˈmoʊ·bəl/

able to move easily or be easily moved:

The Marines are a highly mobile force and can get anywhere fast.

mobilenoun [ C ]

us /ˈmoʊ·bil/

a decoration or work of art that has parts that move in the air, often because each one is hung by a thread:

We hung a mobile over the baby’s crib, and she loves to look at it when it moves.

(Definition of “mobile” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"mobile" in Business English

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uk /ˈməʊbaɪl/ us /ˈməʊbəl/

ECONOMICS able or free to change your situation, for example by doing different work, becoming part of a different social class, or moving to a different place:

It is one of the least socially mobile countries in Europe.
With traditional employment contracts, companies benefit from a cheaper, less mobile workforce.

able to move or be transported easily from one place to another, or be used for a different purpose:

Our master network center is fully mobile in case of emergency.
Forty years ago, manufacturing reigned supreme and capital wasn't mobile.

IT, COMMUNICATIONS related to a service available on a phone or computer used while travelling from place to place, without being connected by wires:

Over half of the country's e-commerce is now conducted on mobile devices.
mobile computing/network/telephony We are building the new system to address the increasing use of mobile computing devices.

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mobilenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈməʊbaɪl/ us /ˈməʊbəl/ UK US usually cell phone, cell IT, COMMUNICATIONS

a mobile phone:

He left his mobile on the train.
Let me give you my mobile number.
on/from a mobile I think she was calling from her mobile.
mobile handset/network/unit The mobile handset will be the first to use the new operating system.
mobile charges/sales Your mobile charges will be higher if you call from abroad.
mobile company/maker/operator Mobile operators are fighting to be the leader of the handheld computing revolution.

(Definition of “mobile” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)