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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Only the US Federal Reserve has a dual mission: stabilizing prices and stimulating economic growth. Cheikh Ahmed Bamba Diagne, Quartz Africa, "How Francophone Africa’s France-backed CFA franc works and why it’s controversial," 2 Aug. 2019 Even with the departures, though, Roach said IMPD has an opportunity to not only hit Hogsett's staffing goal, but stabilize its staff in the coming months. Ryan Martin, Indianapolis Star, "As Mayor Joe Hogsett seeks re-election, IMPD is finally growing," 30 July 2019 The meadows help maintain the kind of gin-clear water that reefs need to thrive by stabilizing the muddy bottom. Jenny Staletovich, sun-sentinel.com, "New Study Says Everglades Water Is Harming Keys Corals. Not Everyone Agrees.," 28 July 2019 Damet's done a fine job stabilizing FC Cincinnati after a horrendous start to 2019 and deserves credit for that. Pat Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "MLS All-Star break takeaways: Plenty going right for FC Cincinnati," 28 July 2019 As robots were ripped out, Guillen redirected Model 3 assembly through a giant tent, which drew hoots from critics but stabilized production. Russ Mitchellstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Tesla loses $408 million as technology chief J.B. Straubel departs," 24 July 2019 Thanks to widespread manufacturing, Irish moss found a whole slew of new applications, such as stabilizing chocolate milk and being combined with ascorbic acid to form a preservative film over frozen foods. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed," 23 July 2019 Mercier and Bill Corriveau, one of the show’s directors, were busy stabilizing the cathedral wall with strapping. Denise Coffey, courant.com, "Building A Set Fit For ‘Shrek’," 22 July 2019 But then the budget was slashed for U of L's climate action plan and the school's emissions spiked before stabilizing in 2018. Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky colleges have lofty climate goals but struggle to cut greenhouse emissions," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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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 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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