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stabilize (v.)

1861, originally of ships; probably a back-formation from stability, or else from French stabiliser. Related: Stabilized; stabilizing. Earlier verbs in the same sense were stabilitate (1640s) and simple stable (v.) "make steady or firm, make stable" (c. 1300), from Old French establir.

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Definitions of stabilize from WordNet

stabilize (v.)
make stable and keep from fluctuating or put into an equilibrium;
stabilize prices
The drug stabilized her blood pressure
Synonyms: stabilise
stabilize (v.)
support or hold steady and make steadfast, with or as if with a brace;
Synonyms: brace / steady / stabilise
stabilize (v.)
become stable or more stable;
The economy stabilized
Synonyms: stabilise
From wordnet.princeton.edu