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Meaning of stabilize

sta•bi•lize

Pronunciation: (stā'bu-līz"), [key]
— v., -lized, -liz•ing.
—v.t.
  1. to make or hold stable, firm, or steadfast.
  2. to maintain at a given or unfluctuating level or quantity: The government will try to stabilize the cost of living.
  3. to put or keep (an aircraft) in stable equilibrium, as by some special device.
—v.i.
  1. to become stabilized.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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