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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Recent Examples on the Web Short version of the reason: Your brother (and you, in your way) are thinking in terms of punishment when the healthier, child-stabilizing path is discipline. The Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax Live: 'Stay patient, stay weird, stay safe'," 6 May 2020 The boots have a contoured footbed, which provides arch and heel support, while air cushioning in the heel absorbs shock and stabilizes the foot. Madeline Diamond, Travel + Leisure, "These Top-rated Hiking Boots Are Comfortable, Durable, and Waterproof," 3 May 2020 Savannah, which is 54% black, has seen its cases stabilize. Patrik Jonsson, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why coronavirus looks different to black America," 1 May 2020 Used-car prices are expected to plunge somewhere in the range of 8% to 16% through June, according to J.D. Power, then stabilize by year-end as the country reopens and demand picks back up. Chester Dawson, Fortune, "From cargo ships to fairgrounds—as backlog of cars grows, importers search for storage space," 1 May 2020 Rich in biodiversity and vital to our existence, the Amazon is home to millions of animal species, which stabilize the local and global climates. Kat Suico, Allure, "5 Brazilian Beauty Brands That Give Back to the Amazon," 28 Apr. 2020 There won’t be a chance for family or friends to intervene, for 911 to send paramedics, or for doctors in the emergency department to stabilize them with antidotes or other treatments. Emmy Betz, STAT, "Covid-19 and suicide: an uncertain connection," 22 Apr. 2020 But even as the total counts stabilize somewhat, reports have spiked among homeless residents and people in long-term care facilities, who now make up more than 10% of all cases. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area’s most vulnerable," 17 Apr. 2020 He was taken to the League City Animal Clinic where a veterinarian was able to stabilize him. Rebecca Hennes, Houston Chronicle, "League City dog Diesel, brutally stabbed during domestic dispute, is looking for a new home," 6 Mar. 2020

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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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14 May 2020

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“Stabilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stabilize. Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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More Definitions for stabilize

stabilize

verb
How to pronounce stabilize (audio)

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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