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.
Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.

Origin of stabilize

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

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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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Medical definitions for stabilize

stabilize
[ stābə-līz′ ]

v.

To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.

Other words from stabilize

sta′bi•li•zation (-lĭ-zāshən) n.
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