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stabilize

[stey-buh-lahyz] /ˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), stabilized, stabilizing.
1.
to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
2.
to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity:
The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
3.
Aeronautics. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
verb (used without object), stabilized, stabilizing.
4.
to become stabilized.
Also, especially British, stabilise.
Origin
1860-1865
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
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British Dictionary definitions for stabilized

stabilize

/ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
to make or become stable or more stable
2.
to keep or be kept stable
3.
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 stabilized

stabilize

v.

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

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stabilized 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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