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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web Segura said Aguirre has proven himself to be a good leader as interim superintendent and has helped stabilize the district. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Sweetwater hires interim leader as permanent superintendent," 27 Apr. 2021 In order to stabilize these markets and speculation, and retain rural political power more generally, states eventually won power over city finances. Richard Mcgahey, Forbes, "Don’t Let States Use Covid-19 Relief Funds To Subsidize Tax Cuts," 9 Apr. 2021 One major factor in the surge was unprecedented action by the US Federal Reserve to stabilize markets and boost the economy. Anneken Tappe, CNN, "Saying goodbye to a wild year for stocks," 3 Jan. 2021 Billions more went to the Federal Reserve to help stabilize markets, and those efforts enabled many companies — including Wells Fargo, AT&T and Carnival, the cruise company — to borrow at lower rates while also laying off thousands of workers. Washington Post, "‘Doomed to fail’: Why a $4 trillion bailout couldn’t revive the American economy," 4 Sep. 2020 Dellavedova is exactly what the Cavs missed this season -- a secondary ballhandler who can handle pressure and stabilize a young, still-growing backcourt. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Matthew Dellavedova’s debut worth the wait, showing his value and picking up where he was in 2020," 10 Apr. 2021 The provisions, which were close to expiring, are intended to help consumers and businesses stabilize financial affairs upended by the pandemic. Jonathan Randles, WSJ, "Congress Extends Covid-19 Bankruptcy Relief for Consumers, Small Businesses," 29 Mar. 2021 With global oil markets still distressingly volatile, OPEC’s Joint Ministerial Monitoring Committee has been meeting monthly to manage production levels and stabilize prices. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Can OPEC Rescue the Planet?," 22 Mar. 2021 Vasquez has spent years working with South Bay nonprofits and knows how much support her community will continue to need, even after coronavirus case totals stabilize. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Community Through Hope helps meet South Bay’s need for food," 20 Mar. 2021

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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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29 Apr 2021

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“Stabilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stabilize. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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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 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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