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canalize

[kan-l-ahyz, kuh-nal-ahyz] /ˈkæn lˌaɪz, kəˈnæl aɪz/
verb (used with object), canalized, canalizing.
1.
to make a canal or canals through.
2.
to convert into a canal.
3.
to divide (a stream) into reaches with locks or dams, usually to maintain navigable depths.
4.
to divert into certain channels; give a certain direction to or provide a certain outlet for.
Also, especially British, canalise.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; canal + -ize
Related forms
uncanalized, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for canalize

canalize

/ˈkænəˌlaɪz/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide with or convert into a canal or canals
2.
to give a particular direction to or provide an outlet for; channel
3.
to divide a channel into separate reaches controlled by dams and weirs to aid navigation, control water levels, generate power, etc
Derived Forms
canalization, canalisation, noun
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