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 .
- can·ni·bal·i·za·tion, noun
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How to use cannibalize in a sentence
Some species, for instance, have been seen cannibalizing each other.
Studios don’t seem to agree on whether streaming services are cannibalizing box office numbers.What F9's Huge Box Office Haul Means for the Future of Movies Beyond the Pandemic | Eliana Dockterman | June 28, 2021 | Time
According to Lemon, the streaming early releases did not cannibalize linear viewership.Why Showtime will release episodes of ‘The L Word: Generation Q’ early for streaming viewers | Tim Peterson | June 22, 2021 | Digiday
Unbeknownst to many, battles are fought and alliances are formed every day as companies cannibalize each other in the race to hold the most patents for 5G technologies.
The problem is that brands are reluctant to give up their email CRM, and they sometimes feel like SMS cannibalizes it — when really it should eat it all up and just replace it.To keep up with mobile shoppers, Peace Out Skincare brand invests in SMS marketing | Kimeko McCoy | May 21, 2021 | Digiday
But I do, so I thought “why would I cannibalize those ideas into a book?”Parks and Recreation’s Aziz Ansari Is 30 Years Old and Writing a Book About Modern Love | Abby Haglage | November 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
"The events won't cannibalize each other and that's the only reason I would do this," Tollett said.
I dread the time when I shall have to cannibalize the recorder.The Issahar Artifacts | Jesse Franklin Bone
British Dictionary definitions for cannibalize
(tr) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
- cannibalization or cannibalisation, noun
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