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cannibalize

[kan-uh-buh-lahyz] /ˈkæn ə bəˌlaɪz/
verb (used with object), cannibalized, cannibalizing.
1.
to subject to cannibalism.
2.
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.
3.
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), cannibalized, cannibalizing.
4.
to act cannibalistically; practice cannibalism.
Also, especially British, cannibalise.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; cannibal + -ize
Related forms
cannibalization, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for cannibalise

cannibalize

/ˈkænɪbəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(transitive) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
Derived Forms
cannibalization, cannibalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for cannibalise

cannibalize

v.

1798 (in Burke's memoirs), figurative, and meaning "be perverted into cannibalism," from cannibal + -ize. Meaning "take parts from one construction and use them in another" is from 1943, originally of military equipment. Related: Cannibalized; cannibalizing.

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