[ kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz ]
/ ˈkæn lˌaɪz, kəˈnæl aɪz /

verb (used with object), can·al·ized, can·al·iz·ing.

to make a canal or canals through.
to convert into a canal.
to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.

Nearby words

  1. canaliculitis,
  2. canaliculization,
  3. canaliculus,
  4. canalis,
  5. canalization,
  6. canaller,
  7. canandaigua,
  8. canandaigua lake,
  9. cananea,
  10. canapé

Also especially British, can·al·ise.

Origin of canalize

First recorded in 1850–55; canal + -ize

Related formsun·ca·nal·ized, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for uncanalized



/ (ˈkænəˌlaɪz) /

verb (tr)

to provide with or convert into a canal or canals
to give a particular direction to or provide an outlet for; channel
to divide a channel into separate reaches controlled by dams and weirs to aid navigation, control water levels, generate power, etc
Derived Formscanalization or canalisation, noun

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