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.
Also especially British, can·ni·bal·ise.
Origin of cannibalize
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Contemporary Examples of cannibalize
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
November 12, 2013
Historical Examples of cannibalize
I dread the time when I shall have to cannibalize the recorder.The Issahar Artifacts
Jesse Franklin Bone
(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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