verb (used with object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
- to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
- to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity: The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
- Aeronautics. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
verb (used without object), sta·bi·lized, sta·bi·liz·ing.
- to become stabilized.
- to make or become stable or more stable
- to keep or be kept stable
- to put or keep (an aircraft, vessel, etc) in equilibrium by one or more special devices, or (of an aircraft, vessel, etc) to become stable
v.1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing. v.
- To bring to or reach a stable or steadfast state.