[ 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 .
OTHER WORDS FROM stabilize
re·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, adjective
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How to use stabilize in a sentence
Suppose the unstabilized copper were treated with a very weak current, not strong enough to explode it?The Skylark of Space|Edward Elmer Smith and Lee Hawkins Garby
All varietal forms at present are as yet unstabilized (most varieties of 10 years ago have been discarded).Northern Nut Growers Association Report of the Proceedings at the Thirty-Eighth Annual Meeting|Northern Nut Growers Association
British Dictionary definitions for stabilize
/ (ˈsteɪbɪˌlaɪz) /
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 stabilizestabilization or stabilisation, noun
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Medical definitions for stabilize
[ stā′bə-līz′ ]
To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.
Other words from stabilizesta′bi•li•za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
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