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.
to become stabilized.
- Also especially British, sta·bi·lise .
- re·sta·bi·lize, verb (used with object), re·sta·bi·lized, re·sta·bi·liz·ing.
- self-sta·bi·lized, adjective
- self-sta·bi·liz·ing, adjective
- un·sta·bi·lized, adjective
- un·sta·bi·liz·ing, adjective
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How to use stabilize in a sentence
He wants an unlimited growth of the productive forces, and at the same time a rate of surplus value stabilised by an act of law.The Accumulation of Capital | Rosa Luxemburg
But with blood cooled and nerves stabilised by youth spent on the edge of the grey sea, she could outface all foreign seasons.The Judge | Rebecca West
And the embattled hosts swept onward toward Amiens, where at last the onrush was stabilised.The Challenge of the Dead | Stephen Graham
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
- stabilization or stabilisation, noun
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