sta·​bi·​lize | \ ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce stabilize (audio) \
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

Other Words from stabilize

stabilization \ ˌstā-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce stabilize (audio) \ 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Implementing the rate hikes is an effort to stabilize runaway inflation, the annual rate of which rose by 8.5% in March. Megan Leonhardt, Fortune, 4 May 2022 Marshall says the food and agriculture world has a major role in addressing these really critical human and global challenges in order to stabilize the environment domestically and globally. Phil Lempert, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 The International Monetary Fund is establishing a new account designed to give donor nations a secure way to provide support to stabilize Ukraine’s economy after Russia’s invasion. Eric Martin,, 8 Apr. 2022 Russia’s central bank cut its key interest rate following an unscheduled meeting of policy makers Friday, a sign that efforts to stabilize the country’s financial system are having an effect. Paul Hannon, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2022 Biden’s efforts to stabilize a volatile relationship with Russia have run into the same road block – Putin – that his recent predecessors have faced. USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 DeJoy, a major GOP donor, has proposed a 10-year plan to stabilize the service’s finances with steps such as additional mail slowdowns, cutting some offices’ hours and perhaps higher rates. Alan Fram, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Feb. 2022 But efforts to stabilize the sinking and leaning skyscraper seemed to worsen matters. NBC News, 7 Jan. 2022 In March, the Postal Service unveiled a 10-year plan to stabilize the Postal Service's precarious financial situation, which would cut hours at some post offices and periodically raise certain postage rates. Lucien Bruggeman, ABC News, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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sta·​bi·​lize | \ ˈstā-bə-ˌlīz How to pronounce stabilize (audio) \
stabilized; stabilizing

Kids Definition of stabilize

: to make or become unlikely to change suddenly or greatly

Other Words from stabilize

stabilizer noun


variants: also British stabilise \ ˈstā-​bə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce stabilize (audio) \
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 How to pronounce stabilize (audio) \ noun


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