stabilize

verb
sta·bi·lize | \ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz \
stabilized; stabilizing

Definition of stabilize 

transitive verb

1 : to make stable, steadfast, or firm

2 : to hold steady: such as

a : to maintain the stability of (something, such as an airplane) by means of a stabilizer

b : to limit fluctuations of stabilize prices

c : to establish a minimum price for

intransitive verb

: to become stable, firm, or steadfast

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Other Words from stabilize

stabilization \ˌstā-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

Examples of stabilize in a Sentence

The country's population has stabilized at 3.2 million. The government's efforts to stabilize prices have not succeeded. Even the administration's most vocal critics agree that the President has succeeded in stabilizing the economy. We'll use ropes to stabilize the platform. a process that stabilizes the vaccine drugs that stabilize a patient's heartbeat The pilots were able to stabilize the airplane and land safely.
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He was taken to Roseland Community Hospital, and was stabilized, police said. Hannah Leone, chicagotribune.com, "10 people shot, 1 fatally, in 6 hours in Chicago," 14 July 2018 The house was snapped up by the Madison-Morgan Conservancy in May, and the conservancy went to work, fixing windows, sealing the roof, and stabilizing the structure. Bo Emerson, ajc, "Architectural gem rescued by Madison conservancy," 13 July 2018 While the lira stabilized on Tuesday, its fall did little to attract the same attention that big declines in the developing world did during much of last year. Yeliz Candemir, WSJ, "Investors Dump Turkish Lira as They Turn Cold on Emerging Markets," 10 July 2018 The port used its historic stabilization funds to secure and stabilize the structure, according to Cheryl Besl, manager of communications for the port. Sheila Vilvens, Cincinnati.com, "Live like a beer baron in this old house," 5 July 2018 The government isn’t preparing for an apocalypse; when times are tough, the government buys up American dairy products to reduce supply, increase the price, and stabilize the market. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Why Trump’s trade agenda might worsen America’s cheese glut," 4 July 2018 Still, the district is looking to raise teacher pay in an effort to compete with neighboring districts and stabilize its workforce. Arika Herron, Indianapolis Star, "Big cuts, teacher raises recommended for Indianapolis Public Schools," 29 June 2018 The Earth's moon is unique in the solar system, the only satellite to have such a stabilizing effect. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Study Shows Exoplanet Has a Stable Axis Just Like Earth," 29 June 2018 Gomez models this process and had found that rising bedrock might slow ice retreat, by raising the bowl and the ridges that stabilize the glaciers. Katie Langin, Science | AAAS, "Rising bedrock below West Antarctica could delay catastrophic ice sheet collapse," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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stabilize

verb
sta·bi·lize | \ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz \
stabilized; stabilizing

Kids Definition of stabilize

: to make or become unlikely to change suddenly or greatly

Other Words from stabilize

stabilizer noun

stabilize

verb
sta·bi·lize
variants: also British stabilise \ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz \
stabilized also British stabilised; stabilizing also British stabilising

Medical Definition of stabilize 

transitive verb

: to make stable stabilize a patient's condition

intransitive verb

: to become stable when pulse and blood pressure respond and stabilizeJournal of the American Medical Association

Other Words from stabilize

stabilization also British stabilisation \ˌstā-bə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ noun

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