- 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.
- to become stabilized.
Also especially British, sta·bi·lise.
Origin of stabilize
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
- 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
Word Origin and History for unstabilizing
1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.