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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

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

Examples from the Web for stabilizing

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Historical Examples

  • Maybe he didn't let his stabilizing rotors have time to lock in.

    The Best Made Plans

    Everett B. Cole

  • If the stabilizing mechanisms were there, why not use them always?

  • Aeroplane—A power-driven aerofoil with stabilizing and controlling surfaces.

  • Stabilizing shaft, repeated Andy, memorizing, and the name of the airship painted on that big paddle is the Eagle.

    Airship Andy

    Frank V. Webster

  • Also a number of automatic balancing and stabilizing devices have been brought out.

British Dictionary definitions for stabilizing



  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 stabilizing



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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stabilizing 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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