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adjective mobile pronunciation in British English /ˈməʊbaɪl/mobile pronunciation in British English /ˈməʊb(ə)l/
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  1. 1
    [only before noun] easy to move and use in different places

    a mobile telephone

    a mobile X-ray unit

    1. a.
      [only before noun] British a mobile group of workers can be sent to different places to do their job

      a mobile army patrol

      A mobile team of counsellors was sent to the disaster scene.

    2. b.
      [only before noun] a mobile shop, library etc is in a vehicle so that it can be moved from one place to another

      a mobile health clinic

    3. c.
      able to move and walk

      He’s got a broken leg and isn’t very mobile.

    4. d.
      able to travel from one place to another because you have a vehicle

      Increasing car ownership has made the population more mobile.

  2. 2
    able to move easily from one job, social class, place etc to another
    socially/geographically/internationally mobile:

    People living in this area are less socially mobile.



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