destabilize
transitive verb Date: 1924 1. to make unstable 2. to cause (as a government) to be incapable of functioning or surviving • destabilization noun

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  • destabilize — 1934 in a physical sense; earlier (1924) with reference to political systems, governments, nations, etc.; see DE (Cf. de ) + STABILIZE (Cf. stabilize). Related: Destabilized; destabilizing …   Etymology dictionary

  • destabilize — (Amer.) v. make unsteady, make unstable; become unstable (also destabilise) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • destabilize — (also destabilise) ► VERB ▪ upset the stability of. DERIVATIVES destabilization noun …   English terms dictionary

  • destabilize — [dē stā′bə līz΄] vt. destabilized, destabilizing to upset the stability or equilibrium of; unbalance …   English World dictionary

  • destabilize — [[t]diːste͟ɪbəlaɪz[/t]] destabilizes, destabilizing, destabilized VERB To destabilize something such as a country or government means to create a situation which reduces its power or influence. [V n] Their sole aim is to destabilize the Indian… …   English dictionary

  • destabilize — UK [diːˈsteɪbəlaɪz] / US [dɪˈsteɪb(ə)lˌaɪz] verb [transitive] Word forms destabilize : present tense I/you/we/they destabilize he/she/it destabilizes present participle destabilizing past tense destabilized past participle destabilized to cause… …   English dictionary

  • destabilize — destabilization, n. /dee stay beuh luyz /, v.t., destabilized, destabilizing. to make unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes: conflicts that tend to destabilize world peace. Also, esp. Brit., destabilise. [1930 35; DE + STABILIZE] * * * …   Universalium

  • destabilize — verb Destabilize is used with these nouns as the object: ↑country, ↑economy, ↑government, ↑regime, ↑system …   Collocations dictionary

  • destabilize — de|sta|bil|ize also destabilise BrE [di:ˈsteıbılaız] v [T] to make something such as a government or ↑economy become less successful or powerful, or less able to control events ▪ an attempt to destabilize the government >destabilization… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • destabilize — also ise BrE verb (T) to make something less likely to remain politically successful: an attempt to destabilize the government destabilization noun (C) …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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