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canalize

[ kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz ]
/ 藞k忙n l藢a瑟z, k蓹藞n忙l a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), can路al路ized, can路al路iz路ing.
to make a canal or canals through.
to convert into a canal.
to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.
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Also especially British, can路al路ise .

Origin of canalize

First recorded in 1850鈥55; canal + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM canalize

un路ca路nal路ized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for canalize

canalize

canalise

/ (藞k忙n蓹藢la瑟z) /

verb (tr)
to provide with or convert into a canal or canals
to give a particular direction to or provide an outlet for; channel
to divide a channel into separate reaches controlled by dams and weirs to aid navigation, control water levels, generate power, etc

Derived forms of canalize

canalization or canalisation, noun
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