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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It's stabilized by triangular trusses, allowing the printer to emit concrete with 1/4 inch of the points laid out in the plans. Andrea Powell, WIRED, "How to 3-D Print an Entire House in a Single Day," 11 July 2018 The children's parents were believed to be killed in the attacks, and received first aid to stabilize them before they were brought to an undisclosed hospital in Israel's north. Jewish Journal, "IDF grants entry to Syrian adults, orphans for medical aid," 3 July 2018 Benefits: Cutting out sugar can stabilize your mood: That's because sugar causes glucose — and energy — to spike, then plummet. Allure, "Do Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free, or Low-Carb Diets Actually Work?," 16 May 2018 The acute crisis has stabilized, though many of the jobs lost then have not returned, replaced instead with lower-wage, lower-stability positions. Sarah Jaffe, The New Republic, "The Struggle to Stay Middle Class," 26 Apr. 2018 The report’s online dashboard breaks down each of the 70 OICs based on a scale (vulnerable, stabilizing, emerging, strong) and their economic profile, pointing to bright spots and opportunities. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018 The Weimar Republic stabilized somewhat in the middle of the decade, and the Nazi share of the vote languished in the low single-digit figures. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "How American Racism Influenced Hitler," 23 Apr. 2018 Watch the video above, then grab your favorite eyeliner, find somewhere to stabilize your arm, and maybe schedule some plans for tonight. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Watch 50 Women Try to Make a Cat Eye With Liquid Liner," 12 Apr. 2018 With that relatively light footprint, the United States cannot execute a counterinsurgency strategy to stabilize the country. Nicholas Grossman, National Review, "The U.S. Needs to Rethink What Winning in Afghanistan Looks Like," 7 Feb. 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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