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 Hold the backpack horizontally across your chest to help stabilize your core. Dana Santas, CNN, "Five household items you can use to work out your whole body," 7 May 2021 The solid earnings from these two appeared to help stabilize a market that was going downhill yesterday. Jj Kinahan, Forbes, "Road Trip: Lyft, GM Results Provide Early Acceleration, With Uber Earnings Parked Ahead," 5 May 2021 The funds will be used to provide economic relief from the pandemic; help start, stabilize or grow existing Black businesses by offering consultations and legal guidance; and support African American cultural preservation events. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, "S.F. shifts $3.75 million from law enforcement budgets to support Black business communities," 5 May 2021 These crops develop deep roots that soak up water in soggy spots and help stabilize soil on sloping land. Lisa Schulte Moore, The Conversation, "Climate-friendly farming strategies can improve the land and generate income for farmers," 28 Apr. 2021 The department is changing its funding model from a set amount per child to an operational support model that will help stabilize funding as enrollments fluctuate, the state said. BostonGlobe.com, "Massachusetts, other states need to increase spending for preschools, report says," 18 Apr. 2021 Fortunately, Donnelly said, his levels began to stabilize and there was no need for him to be intubated, a stage of desperation for most COVID-19 patients. Chris Hays, orlandosentinel.com, "Lake Mary football OC Adam Donnelly relieved to be home from hospital after COVID battle," 4 Mar. 2021 State regulators, meanwhile, are still trying to figure out how to stabilize the struggling long-term-care insurance industry. Leslie Scism, WSJ, "Philip Falcone’s Second Act in Long-Term-Care Insurance Turns Ugly," 2 Mar. 2021 Beyond the moratorium, the Department of Insurance is also working with insurance providers and consumer advocates and others to find agreement on how to stabilize the state’s insurance market, which is the fourth largest in the world. Joseph Serna, Los Angeles Times, "State expands homeowners insurance protections to L.A. County residents around Bobcat fire," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stabilize

1861, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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11 May 2021

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“Stabilize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stabilize. Accessed 18 May. 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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