cannibalise

cannibalize

[kan-uh-buh-lahyz]
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:
1940–45; cannibal + -ize

cannibalization, noun
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cannibalize or cannibalise (ˈkænɪbəˌlaɪz)
 
vb
(tr) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
 
cannibalise or cannibalise
 
vb
 
cannibali'zation or cannibalise
 
n
 
cannibali'sation or cannibalise
 
n

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cannibalize
"take parts from one construction and use them in another," 1943, originally of military equipment, from cannibal + -ize. Cannibalization is recorded from 1947.
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