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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web Will that be enough to stabilize the Pac-12 and ensure its member organizations remain locked in? oregonlive, 29 July 2022 The payouts managed to stabilize some families’ incomes and allow caregivers to spend on things such as preschool, groceries and rent. Jennifer Brookland, Detroit Free Press, 28 July 2022 Its mandate: to stabilize global markets and keep currencies — and debts — predictable. Abrahm Lustgarten, ProPublica, 27 July 2022 Its mandate: to stabilize global markets and keep currencies — and debts — predictable. New York Times, 27 July 2022 Doctors drilled rods into the tibia to stabilize the area and waited for the swelling to go down before surgery. Kevin Reynolds, The Salt Lake Tribune, 27 July 2022 Inflation in Japan is showing tentative signs of peaking as global oil prices stabilize and consumers resist price increases. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, 22 July 2022 The grant money will allow the current owners, Rufus and Jill Jones, to stabilize and repair the cabin’s roof, chimney, and foundation for future use as a writing study and studio for scholars and authors. Rachel Silva, ELLE Decor, 20 July 2022 Firms also say that due to agreements between power companies and cryptomining firms to shut off miners' power when there's a spike in energy demand on the grid, firms help to stabilize energy supply and decrease consumer costs. Ashley Belanger, Ars Technica, 18 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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“Stabilize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for stabilize


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


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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