WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
can•ni•bal•ize /ˈkænəbəˌlaɪz/USA pronunciation   v. [+ object], -ized, -iz•ing. 
  1. to remove parts from (a machine, etc.) to repair or make a similar unit:cannibalized the backup generator to get the main one going again.
can•ni•bal•i•za•tion /ˌkænəbələˈzeɪʃən/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
can•ni•bal•ize  (kanə bə līz′),USA pronunciation v.,  -ized, -iz•ing. 
v.t. 
  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.

v.i. 
  1. to act cannibalistically;
    practice cannibalism.
Also,[esp. Brit.,] canni•bal•ise′.  can′ni•bal•i•zation, n. 
  • cannibal + -ize 1940–45


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

cannibalize, cannibalise /ˈkænɪbəˌlaɪz/ vb
  1. (transitive) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts

ˌcannibaliˈzation, ˌcannibaliˈsation n



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