stabilize

The verb stabilize means to hold steady or make firm. When you climb a ladder, you should stabilize the ladder before you get on it, otherwise you may get a lesson in the laws of gravity — you know, what goes up comes down!

The verb stabilize also means to keep from changing or shifting. If you have a fever and your temperature is all over the place, you can help stabilize it by taking aspirin. The verb stabilize was originally applied to ships and the idea that something like weight or the shape of the ship could be used to produce a steadier, or less wobbly, voyage. Now the verb applies to anything that can be made more steady or stable. You might remember how happy you were when learning to ride a bike that you had training wheels to stabilize you.

Definitions of stabilize
1

v support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace

Synonyms:
brace, stabilise, steady
Types:
ballast
make steady with a ballast
guy
steady or support with a guy wire or cable
Type of:
beef up, fortify, strengthen
make strong or stronger

v make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium

“The drug stabilized her blood pressure”
stabilize prices”
Synonyms:
stabilise
Antonyms:
destabilise, destabilize
make unstable
Types:
peg
stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become stable or more stable

“The economy stabilized
Synonyms:
stabilise
Antonyms:
destabilise, destabilize
become unstable
Types:
root, settle, settle down, steady down, take root
become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
becalm, calm, steady
make steady
roost
settle down or stay, as if on a roost
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature