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canalize

[ kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz ]

verb (used with object)

, can·al·ized, can·al·iz·ing.
  1. to make a canal or canals through.
  2. to convert into a canal.
  3. to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
  4. to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.


canalize

/ ˈkænəˌlaɪz /

verb

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


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Derived Forms

  • ˌcanaliˈzation, noun
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Other Words From

  • unca·nalized adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of canalize1

First recorded in 1850–55; canal + -ize

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