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 While previous travel rebounds have been cut short by new waves of infections and restrictions, airline executives are more confident now that the recovery has begun in earnest and their finances have started to stabilize. Andrew Tangel, WSJ, 11 June 2021 Through that relationship, Lucadello knew how much stronger Schmidt was getting by working to stabilize his knees, which both underwent operations after football injuries with Fairview. New York Times, 6 June 2021 The initial goal is to stabilize the two buildings – Howard estimates that could cost anywhere between $300,000 and $400,000 – before moving on to extensive renovations and turning the two sites into educational venues. Bailey Schulz, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 This critical area allows wildlife to freely migrate between South Africa’s Kruger National Park and Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park, helping stabilize populations. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 June 2021 Cryptocurrencies continued to stabilize – bitcoin rallied above $40,000. Cnn Business, CNN, 26 May 2021 Indyk said Blinken would do well to try to stabilize the cease-fire, which US and Egyptian diplomats helped broker between Israel and Hamas late last week after 11 days of violence. BostonGlobe.com, 24 May 2021 If China’s population were to stabilize at a level 10% smaller than today, my guess is Chinese leadership would view that as satisfactory or even welcome development. Frank Lavin, Forbes, 13 May 2021 Consumer prices are expected to stabilize in the coming months. Carter Evans, CBS News, 4 May 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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16 Jun 2021

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“Stabilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stabilize. Accessed 21 Jun. 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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