[ kan-uh-buh-lahyz ]
/ ˈkæn ə bəˌlaɪz /
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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Example sentences from the Web for 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|Abby Haglage|November 12, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I dread the time when I shall have to cannibalize the recorder.The Issahar Artifacts|Jesse Franklin Bone
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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