[ kan-uh-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈkæn ə bəˌlaɪz /
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verb (used with object), can·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing.
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.
verb (used without object), can·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing.
to act cannibalistically; practice cannibalism.
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Also especially British, can·ni·bal·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM cannibalizecan·ni·bal·i·za·tion, noun
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How to use cannibalize in a sentence
Shockingly, McConnell reported that cannibalizing trained worms induced learning in untrained planaria.Memories Can Be Injected and Survive Amputation and Metamorphosis - Facts So Romantic|Marco Altamirano|October 20, 2020|Nautilus
Any changes you implement could lead to either losing your current rankings or ending up with pages cannibalizing each other’s keywords.A five-step framework for effective keyword targeting in 2020|Aleh Barysevich|October 8, 2020|Search Engine Watch
The exec also anticipated how this would cannibalize newsstand sales in 2021.‘A good job of retaining’: Publishers see subscription resilience as evidence of sticky coronavirus-cohorts grows|Lucinda Southern|September 30, 2020|Digiday
To Sargent, ebook-lending libraries were “cannibalizing sales.”One of the great enemies of the public library is departing|Aaron Pressman|September 18, 2020|Fortune
Pushing Prime Day back into Q4 will almost certainly cannibalize sales from November and December.How to prepare your e-commerce ad strategy for an uncertain Q4|Sponsored Content: Pacvue|August 17, 2020|Search Engine Land
Any new product introduction carries the threat of cannibalization.Burger King’s New French Fries Took Ten Years to Develop|Daniel Gross|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But there is a belated wake-up among conservatives opposed to cannibalization.Will Dick Lugar Be The RINO-Hunters’ Latest Trophy?|John Avlon|May 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
It was “currently under cannibalization and transmogrification into a very strange movie,” he said then, and that was that.Inside 'The Rum Diary'|William McKeen|November 4, 2011|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for cannibalize
/ (ˈkænɪbəˌlaɪz) /
(tr) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
Derived forms of cannibalizecannibalization or cannibalisation, noun
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