sta·bi·lize / ˈstābəˌlīz/ • v. make or become stable: [intr.] his condition appears to have stabilized | [tr.] an emergency program designed to stabilize the economy. ∎ [tr.] cause (an object or structure) to be unlikely to overturn: the craft was stabilized by throwing out the remaining ballast. DERIVATIVES: sta·bi·li·za·tion / ˌstābəliˈzāshən/ n.