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verb (used with object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
  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.
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verb (used without object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
  1. to become stabilized.
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Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.

Origin of stabilize

1860–65; stabile + -ize; compare French stabiliser
Related formsre·sta·bi·lize, verb (used with object), re·sta·bi·lized, re·sta·bi·liz·ing.self-sta·bi·lized, adjectiveself-sta·bi·liz·ing, adjectiveun·sta·bi·lized, adjectiveun·sta·bi·liz·ing, adjective
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Related Words for stabilize

preserve, secure, fix, steady, maintain, sustain, balance, firm, stiffen, set, counterbalance, buttress, counterpoise, support, poise, freeze, settle, bolt, equalize, uphold

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Contemporary Examples of stabilize

Historical Examples of stabilize

  • Must mingle other atoms with those before they stabilize in our plane.

  • Yet it is plain that the effect of these dinners was to stabilize prices for steel.

    United States Steel

    Arundel Cotter

  • Officials anticipate that the rural population will stabilize and that most future increases will be to the towns and cities.

    Area Handbook for Romania

    Eugene K. Keefe, Donald W. Bernier, Lyle E. Brenneman, William Giloane, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • Scrub on the remainder, however, serves to stabilize the soil of the forest lands against erosion and to slow the runoff of water.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria

    Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole

  • He felt defeated in his attempts to stabilize his impressions.


    William McFee

British Dictionary definitions for stabilize



  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
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Derived Formsstabilization or 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stabilize in Medicine


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