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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Treatment for bipolar disorder in general involves medication to help stabilize the individual’s mood, and landing on the right combination of drugs can take some amount of trial and error. Jacqueline Andriakos, SELF, "This Is What a Bipolar Manic Episode Feels Like," 7 Dec. 2018 Finally, Democrats also passed a law intended to help stabilize the state’s health insurance exchanges — by imposing an individual mandate on the state level after Trump and Republicans repealed the national one. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Democrats won 6 more state governments. New Jersey shows what they can do.," 21 Nov. 2018 Three more men, ages 26, 29 and 30, were also taken to St. Bernard Hospital, where their conditions stabilized. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Amid new shootings, Chicago girds for yet another weekend of crime and violence," 18 Aug. 2018 The man, who was not the target of the attack, was taken to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition had stabilized. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Boy, 16, fatally shot on the Northwest Side among four shot in drive-bys Saturday night," 14 July 2018 He was taken to a hospital, where his condition was stabilized. Reema Amin, baltimoresun.com, "Three shot — two fatally — in Baltimore shootings Monday," 9 July 2018 By the 1990s, the situation had stabilized, with the government ceding economic control. Hanya Yanagihara, Condé Nast Traveler, "Why Luang Prabang Is the Ideal Southeast Asian City," 20 Nov. 2018 The rankings had stabilized, and people were basically happy with the rankings. Joan Niesen, SI.com, "The Computer Poll Uprising: Creators of the BCS's Most Controversial Component Look Back," 11 July 2018 The two Palo Seco generators located in the north help stabilize the grid, and could power water pumps in San Juan. NBC News, "U.S. plans to remove backup power generators in Puerto Rico. Officials worry it's hurricane season.," 11 July 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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