Definition of stabilize in US English:

stabilize

verb

  • 1Make or become unlikely to give way or overturn.

    with object ‘the craft was stabilized by throwing out the remaining ballast’
    • ‘She and James struggled to their feet and gripped the rail in order to stabilize themselves.’
    • ‘The good news for first-time buyers is that fixed mortgage rates are falling and property prices appear to be stabilising.’
    • ‘Take, for instance, the sleeping pill I'm taking this week to try and stabilise my sleeping patterns.’
    • ‘He experienced a mild dizziness, and it took his brain a couple of seconds to stabilize.’
    • ‘Eventually, the tone stabilizes, and, by the second half, the power of the story will envelop all but the most distracted viewers.’
    • ‘In summary, the programme of reforms aimed to stabilize the economy has progressed much slower than anticipated.’
    • ‘Matthew reached out to hold something in order to stabilize himself, but he found he didn't really need to.’
    • ‘Analysts say there are six signs that the worst is over and that house prices are set to stabilise.’
    • ‘The decision will also have a positive psychological effect on local consumers since it will help stabilize goods prices.’
    • ‘Socially and politically, poor relief was a means of stabilizing the existing social order and preventing unrest.’
    • ‘Some infants may need to be admitted to the hospital for medical care in order to stabilize acute condition.’
    • ‘Martin Grayshon, of Stephensons, said prices had stabilised since last August and he expected them to remain stable, but with a possible slight rise over the coming year.’
    • ‘Iris patterns stabilize around the first year of age and don't change again.’
    • ‘This agreement was a form of economic interventionism, which helped to stabilize world coffee prices.’
    • ‘Oil prices appeared to have stabilised and were likely to have a lasting effect on inflation in the future.’
    • ‘Fundamentals in the country's economy appear to be stabilising: inflation is in decline and economists expect to see extensive cuts in interest rates over the next two years.’
    • ‘If I can't convince Decker to take the medication, then I will have to consider getting a court order to have him committed until he stabilizes.’
    • ‘To further help stabilize rice prices, he said, the government would ban shipments of imported rice at harvest time.’
    • ‘We might see prices stabilising but certainly not falling.’
    • ‘His ragged breath stabilized, and the colour began returning to his cheeks.’
    strengthen, make stronger, make secure, secure, make stable, reinforce, fortify, tighten, harden, stiffen, cement, enhance
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    1. 1.1 Make or become unlikely to change, fail, or decline.
      with object ‘an emergency program designed to stabilize the economy’
      no object ‘his condition appears to have stabilized’
      • ‘Doctors will now monitor Lakshmi for the next two to three days while she stabilizes in intensive care.’
      • ‘The effort to green industry is a long-run issue, and eventually, costs will stabilise.’
      • ‘Bush hopes a fresh resolution can persuade other countries to contribute troops to support stabilising efforts.’
      • ‘In the present study, we have addressed the question whether or not the structures of F-actin are the same under all these F-actin stabilizing conditions.’
      • ‘Rescue workers were still searching for victims while the Fire Department sought to stabilize buildings damaged by the broken crane.’
      • ‘He has had surgeries to amputate a leg and stabilize his spine.’
      • ‘In this case, pressure stabilizes the protein.’
      • ‘Elsewhere in the accompanying studies the Treasury suggests that higher property taxes would be required to stabilise the volatile housing market.’
      • ‘Nevertheless, the birth rate still falls well below the "replacement level" of around 2.1 required to stabilise the population.’
      • ‘The work platform, stabilized by hydraulic cylinders at the four corners, varied no more than one-half degree from level.’
      • ‘The Europeans and others are not going to start coming into help us until we get the situation stabilized.’
      • ‘The first obvious effort is to try to stabilize the situation in terms of the security situation on the street.’
      • ‘Walpole was quickly successful, reducing the national debt and stabilising prices and wages.’
      • ‘Team members secure the stabilizing device headset onto the patient's head with a preset torque driver.’
      • ‘To accurately assess and stabilize a life-threatening, intra-abdominal injury without requiring transport to a secure area would be a boon.’
      • ‘Between mid-October and earlier this month, the local unit stabilized at around 9,200 to the greenback.’
      • ‘Levels of drug use among under-18s are believed to have stabilised in the past five years following significant increases during the 1990s.’
      • ‘Thus they remain continuously in contact with two surfaces, rather than just one, which seems to stabilize the catalyst.’
      • ‘There, drugs and treatment stabilized him and reduced his psychosis.’

Pronunciation

stabilize

/ˈstābəˌlīz//ˈsteɪbəˌlaɪz/