mobile mo‧bile [ˈməʊbaɪl ǁ ˈmoʊbiːl] noun [countable] informal TELECOMMUNICATIONS
a small phone that you can carry with you; = mobile phone:

• Phone companies are trying to make the fraudulent use of stolen mobiles more difficult.

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mobile UK US /ˈməʊbaɪl/ US  /ˈməʊbəl/ adjective
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.

See also UPWARDLY MOBILE(Cf. ↑upwardly mobile)
mobile UK US /ˈməʊbaɪl/ US  /ˈməʊbəl/ noun [C] 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.

See Note PHONE(Cf. ↑phone)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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