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tr.v. de·sta·bi·lized, de·sta·bi·liz·ing, de·sta·bi·liz·es
1. 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.
2. To undermine the power of (a government or leader) by subversive or terrorist acts.
de·sta′bi·li·za′tion (-lĭ-zā′shən) n.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) (tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
2. (Economics) (tr) to undermine or subvert (a government, economy, etc) so as to cause unrest or collapse
ˌdestabiliˈzation, ˌdestabiliˈsation n
v.t. -lized, -liz•ing.
to make (a government, economy, etc.) unstable; rid of stabilizing attributes.
Past participle: destabilized
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|Verb||1.||destabilize - become unstable; "The economy destabilized rapidly"|
change - undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature; "She changed completely as she grew older"; "The weather changed last night"
|2.||destabilize - make unstable; "Terrorism destabilized the government"|
alter, change, modify - cause to change; make different; cause a transformation; "The advent of the automobile may have altered the growth pattern of the city"; "The discussion has changed my thinking about the issue"