- to subject to cannibalism.
- to remove parts, equipment, assets, employees, etc., from (an item, product, or business) in order to use them in another: to cannibalize old airplanes for replacement parts.
- to cut into; cause to become reduced; diminish: New products introduced in the next six months will cannibalize sales from established lines.
- to act cannibalistically; practice cannibalism.
Also especially British, can·ni·bal·ise.
Origin of cannibalize
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- (tr) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
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Word Origin and History for cannibalise
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