verb (used with object), can·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing.
verb (used without object), can·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing.
British Dictionary definitions for cannibalise
Word Origin and History for cannibalise
1798 (in Burke's memoirs), figurative, and meaning "be perverted into cannibalism," from cannibal + -ize. Meaning "take parts from one construction and use them in another" is from 1943, originally of military equipment. Related: Cannibalized; cannibalizing.