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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Recent Examples on the Web Harlandale Independent School District trustees, trying to stabilize the district amid the uncertainty created by the state education commissioner’s stated intentions to replace the board, could name a new superintendent at the end of the year. Krista Torralva, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio’s Harlandale trustees could pick new superintendent by end of year," 6 Nov. 2019 Known as infrapatellar straps by medical professionals, these bands are known to be one of the most effective (and simple!) ways to stabilize and limit excessive movement of the tendon, and in turn, relieve knee pain. Nina Huang, Health.com, "These Best-Selling Knee Straps on Amazon Could Be the Simple Solution You Need for Knee Pain," 6 Nov. 2019 Its bell cracked, and the structure needed to be stabilized in 1994. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "New York’s Last Fire Watchtower Has Been Restored," 30 Oct. 2019 Each time the 31-year-old Indian captain, Bhavya Suneja, tried to redirect the plane, the system would reset and foil him—and require greater force on his part to stabilize the plane. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "In the age of automation, the “human error” that dooms a plane isn’t confined to the cockpit," 28 Oct. 2019 Cameron LNG sent out its first cargo in late May. The shipment was classified as a commissioning cargo, which is used to stabilize production and test the performance of equipment during an LNG plant's startup process. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Sempra Energy, Mitsui enter deal for future expansions of two LNG export terminals," 28 Oct. 2019 Since the region was prone to earthquakes, Leonardo also incorporated abutments splaying outward on either side of the bridge to stabilize the structure against lateral motion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Testing Leonardo da Vinci’s bridge: His design was stable, study finds," 16 Oct. 2019 After the government essentially took over the companies to stabilize the housing market in 2008, the Treasury pumped in nearly $200 billion over the following years. Paul Kiel, ProPublica, "The Bailout Was 11 Years Ago. We’re Still Tracking Every Penny.," 3 Oct. 2019 And there is a big job to stabilize the hillside in Santa Clara County where leaking water has led to countless spinouts. Gary Richards, The Mercury News, "Highway 17 crashes remain on troubling rise," 22 Sep. 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
How to pronounce stabilize (audio)

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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