destabilize

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

Definition of destabilize

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make unstable

  3. 2 :  to cause (as a government) to be incapable of functioning or surviving

destabilization

play \(ˌ)dē-ˌstā-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of destabilize in a sentence

  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.

1924

First Known Use of destabilize

1924


DESTABILIZE Defined for English Language Learners

destabilize

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

Definition of destabilize for English Language Learners

  • : 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


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