verb de·sta·bi·lize \(ˌ)dē-ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz\

: to cause (something, such as a government) to be unable to continue existing or working in the usual or desired way : to make (something) unstable

Full Definition of DESTABILIZE

transitive verb
:  to make unstable
:  to cause (as a government) to be incapable of functioning or surviving
de·sta·bi·li·za·tion \(ˌ)dē-ˌstā-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun


  1. The group hoped the assassination of the new President would destabilize the government.
  2. Economists warn that the crisis could destabilize the nation's currency.

First Known Use of DESTABILIZE



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