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[stey-buh-lahyz] /ˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), stabilized, stabilizing.
to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity:
The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
Aeronautics. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
verb (used without object), stabilized, stabilizing.
to become stabilized.
Also, especially British, stabilise.
Origin of stabilize
1860-65; stabile + -ize; compare French stabiliser
Related forms
restabilize, verb (used with object), restabilized, restabilizing.
self-stabilized, adjective
self-stabilizing, adjective
unstabilized, adjective
unstabilizing, adjective Unabridged
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  • Continual improvement, but neither we nor Centaurus can stop designing long enough to stabilize for production.

    The Variable Man Philip K. Dick
  • Must mingle other atoms with those before they stabilize in our plane.

    Wanderer of Infinity Harl Vincent
  • Only—the immigrant tide must at all costs be stopped and America given a chance to stabilize her ethnic being.

  • Officials anticipate that the rural population will stabilize and that most future increases will be to the towns and cities.

    Area Handbook for Romania Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • In horror he sought to clutch the evaporating structure to him and stabilize it once again.

    The Sphere of Sleep Chester S. Geier
British Dictionary definitions for stabilize


to make or become stable or more stable
to keep or be kept stable
to put or keep (an aircraft, vessel, etc) in equilibrium by one or more special devices, or (of an aircraft, vessel, etc) to become stable
Derived Forms
stabilization, stabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for stabilize

1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stabilize in Medicine

stabilize sta·bi·lize (stā'bə-līz')
v. sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing, sta·bi·liz·es
To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.

sta'bi·li·za'tion (-lĭ-zā'shən) n.
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