stabilize

verb
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

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Other Words from stabilize

stabilization \ ˌstā-​bə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce stabilization (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.
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He was taken to Loyola Medical Center in Maywood, where his condition was stabilized, police said. Javonte Anderson, chicagotribune.com, "City gun violence cools off in 2nd night of Fourth of July weekend, with 7 shot, 1 fatally," 6 July 2019 In a frontcourt defined by turnover and inconsistency, Looney has been a stabilizing force. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Kevon Looney returns to Warriors on 3-year deal," 1 July 2019 Analysts — who had been counting on another record year — were hopeful that the summer season would serve as a stabilizing force after a tough winter and spring, but no such luck. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office Blues: 2019 Revenue Down Nearly 10 Percent Midyear," 1 July 2019 LeMahieu was the Rockies’ best leader last season, a soft-spoken, stabilizing force who set the bar for Colorado’s focus and intensity every day. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: Can DJ LeMahieu get Larry Walker elected to the Hall of Fame?," 1 July 2019 For those teams who would aim to fill it, Horford would be a terrific source of ballast: a facilitator to help break playoff defenses, a pillar of any scheme, and a stabilizing force in the locker room. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Celtics' Loss Is NBA Free Agency's Gain," 19 June 2019 Her life suddenly at risk, the 59-year-old was rushed by ambulance, first to a local hospital, where she was stabilized, and the next day, to Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) across the river in Portland for urgent cardiac care. Jonel Aleccia, The Seattle Times, "State laws ban surprise medical bills. A Washington woman got one for $227,000 — and fought back.," 30 Mar. 2019 Matters only got worse for years after March 2003, as the administration’s failure to adequately prepare for or rapidly adapt to the challenges of stabilizing Iraq left American forces stuck in an intensifying maelstrom. Hal Brands, National Review, "Lessons from the Iraq War," 20 June 2019 Since 2010, has been running the Vienna Staatsoper, where he has been credited with stabilizing finances and driving up attendance. Washington Post, "La Scala board agrees on new manager, ending uncertainty," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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stabilize

verb

English Language Learners Definition of stabilize

: to stop quickly changing, increasing, getting worse, etc.
: to make (something) less easily moved
technical : to give (something) a chemical structure or to put (something) into a physical state that does not change easily

stabilize

verb
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

stabilize

verb
sta·​bi·​lize
variants: also British stabilise \ ˈstā-​bə-​ˌlīz How to pronounce stabilise (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 stabilisation (audio) \ noun

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