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stabilize

sta·bi·lize

stabilize

 
pronunciation:
steI b laIz
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: stabilized, stabilizes, stabilizing
definition 1: to make firm, steady, or stable.
antonyms:
destabilize
similar words:
balance, fix, settle, steady
definition 2: to hold or keep at a particular level, degree, quantity, or position.
similar words:
balance
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to become steady, firm, unwavering, or fixed.
The passengers felt much better once the ship had stabilized.
similar words:
fix, steady
derivation: stabilization (n.)
Word Parts
The word stabilize contains the following part:
-ize, -ise Greek verb-forming suffix that means to turn into or cause to be
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The suffix -ize , -ise forms transitive verbs from adjectives (civilize ) and nouns (crystallize ). The oldest English verbs ending in -ize were loanwords from Greek (baptize , catechize ).