Definition of stabilize in English:

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stabilize

Pronunciation: /ˈstābəˌlīz/

verb

1Make or become unlikely to give way or overturn: [with object]: the craft was stabilized by throwing out the remaining ballast
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  • Oil prices appeared to have stabilised and were likely to have a lasting effect on inflation in the future.
  • The good news for first-time buyers is that fixed mortgage rates are falling and property prices appear to be stabilising.
  • 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.
1.1Make 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
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  • Nevertheless, the birth rate still falls well below the "replacement level" of around 2.1 required to stabilise the population.
  • Levels of drug use among under-18s are believed to have stabilised in the past five years following significant increases during the 1990s.
  • The first obvious effort is to try to stabilize the situation in terms of the security situation on the street.

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Syllabification: sta·bi·lize

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