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. verb
    support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace
    synonyms: brace, stabilise, steady
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    make steady with a ballast
    steady or support with a guy wire or cable
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    beef up, fortify, strengthen
    make strong or stronger
  2. verb
    make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium
    “The drug stabilized her blood pressure”
    stabilize prices”
    synonyms: stabilise
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    destabilise, destabilize
    make unstable
    stabilize (the price of a commodity or an exchange rate) by legislation or market operations
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    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  3. verb
    become stable or more stable
    “The economy stabilized
    synonyms: stabilise
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    destabilise, destabilize
    become unstable
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    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 still or steady
    reach a stage where no further progress is made
    settle down or stay, as if on a roost
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    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
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