transitive verb-·lized·, -·liz·ing
transitive verbde·sta·bi·lized, de·sta·bi·liz·ing, de·sta·bi·liz·es
- To upset the stability or smooth functioning of: a policy that threatens to destabilize the economy; a new weapon that threatens to destabilize nuclear deterrence.
- To undermine the power of (a government or leader) by subversive or terrorist acts.
(third-person singular simple present destabilizes, present participle destabilizing, simple past and past participle destabilized)