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.
v make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium
stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
v become stable or more stable
root, settle, settle down, steady down, take root
become settled or established and stable in one's residence or life style
becalm, calm, steady
settle down or stay, as if on a roost
- Type of:
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature