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stabilize

[ stey-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈsteɪ bəˌlaɪz /
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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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Also especially British, sta·bi·lise .

Origin of stabilize

1860–65; stabile + -ize; compare French stabiliser

OTHER WORDS FROM stabilize

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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.

  • But with blood cooled and nerves stabilised by youth spent on the edge of the grey sea, she could outface all foreign seasons.

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  • And the embattled hosts swept onward toward Amiens, where at last the onrush was stabilised.

British Dictionary definitions for 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 forms of stabilize

stabilization or stabilisation, noun
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