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stabilize

[ stey-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz /

verb (used with object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.

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), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.

to become stabilized.

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Nearby words

stability, stability pact, stabilization, stabilization fund, stabilization print, stabilize, stabilizer, stabilizer bar, stabilograph, stable, stable boy
Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.

Origin of stabilize

1860–65; stabile + -ize; compare French stabiliser
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British Dictionary definitions for re-stabilize

stabilize

stabilise

/ (ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz) /

verb

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 Formsstabilization or stabilisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for re-stabilize

stabilize


v.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for re-stabilize

stabilize

[ stābə-līz′ ]

v.

To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.
Related formssta′bi•li•zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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