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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Berlin and some investors evidently hope this would finally stabilize Deutsche Bank, which has struggled to boost profits since the 2008 global panic.... The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Berlin’s Bad Bank Idea," 14 Mar. 2019 Despite the damage to the ship and the dangerous security situation, the Cole’s commander and crew managed to treat the wounded and stabilize the ship to prevent it from sinking. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Militant Killed in U.S. Airstrike Was Wanted for USS Cole Bombing," 4 Jan. 2019 But stabilizing Obamacare was their steepest climb yet. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Lamar Alexander, pillar of Washington’s old guard, is retiring from the Senate," 17 Dec. 2018 The Fed aims to achieve its mandates of maximizing employment and stabilizing prices by lowering rates to spur growth during times of economic weakness and raising rates to slow growth if the economy threatens to overheat. Martin Crutsinger, chicagotribune.com, "Fed raises key rate and sees possible acceleration in hikes," 13 June 2018 Be sure to engage your core throughout to help stabilize your body, and press firmly into the glider to get the most strengthening benefits. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "Strengthen Your Glutes and Thighs With This Lateral Lunge Variation From Celebrity Trainer Kira Stokes," 1 Mar. 2019 So is the opioid crisis and expanding healthcare coverage while stabilizing the cost to families. Jill Filipovic, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your State-by-State Guide to Women Running in the Midterms," 31 Oct. 2018 Other research shows that repeating a mantra slowly and deliberately (more like six times per minute) can also stabilize the rhythm of your heart. Markham Heid, Good Housekeeping, "8 Easy Tricks for a Much Happier Day," 6 Aug. 2018 And a bearing at the base of the pack lets the hip straps pivot up and down with your stride while keeping the weight stabilized. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "PM Approved: The Backpack Built to Carry the Kitchen Sink," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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The first known use of stabilize was in 1861

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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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