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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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  • The utility no longer plans to fill up the reactors with water to stabilize them, it said.
  • And consider that for-profits' share had been projected to stabilize or even shrink.
  • Despite being an exceptionally poor situation, it still remains a fluctuation in the business cycle and will ultimately stabilize.
  • Leaving the shutter open means that you'll need to stabilize your camera in order to avoid any motion blur.
  • Bush's former adviser, does not see that as a problem so long as the markets stabilize.
  • Whenever the deficit and debt of a country, get out of control, fiscal consolidation must occur in order to stabilize the economy.
  • The difficulty is that crystals stabilize themselves.
  • Today, world leaders have to figure out how to stabilize economies amid volatile global capital flows.
  • Their aim is to stabilize the power and must admit that they are professionals.
  • The challenge is to stabilize their communities and set up new places for them to live.
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.

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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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