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can·ni·bal·ize

 (kăn′ə-bə-līz′)
v. can·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing, can·ni·bal·iz·es
v.tr.
1. To remove serviceable parts from (damaged airplanes, for example) for use in the repair of other equipment of the same kind.
2. To deprive of vital elements or resources, such as personnel, equipment, or funding, for use elsewhere.
3. To draw on as a major source: "cannibalizes the lives of his wife and friends for his second-rate novels" (Washington Post).
4. To practice cannibalism on.
v.intr.
To practice cannibalism.

can′ni·bal·i·za′tion (-bə-lĭ-zā′shən) n.

cannibalize

(ˈkænɪbəˌlaɪz) or

cannibalise

vb
(General Engineering) (tr) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
ˌcannibaliˈzation, ˌcannibaliˈsation n

can•ni•bal•ize

(ˈkæn ə bəˌlaɪz)

v. -ized, -iz•ing. v.t.
1. to subject to cannibalism.
2. to remove parts from (a machine, vehicle, etc.) to repair or make a similar unit.
3. to remove employees from (a business) in order to build a similar one.
4. to use material from (other writers or works) in a text.
5. to cut into; cause to become diminished: new products cannibalizing sales from existing lines.
v.i.
6. to practice cannibalism.
[1940–45]
can`ni•bal•i•za′tion, n.

cannibalize

To remove serviceable parts from one item of equipment in order to install them on another item of equipment.

cannibalize


Past participle: cannibalized
Gerund: cannibalizing

Imperative
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Present
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Preterite
I cannibalized
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Present Continuous
I am cannibalizing
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Present Perfect
I have cannibalized
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Past Continuous
I was cannibalizing
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Past Perfect
I had cannibalized
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Future
I will cannibalize
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Future Perfect
I will have cannibalized
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he/she/it will have cannibalized
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Future Continuous
I will be cannibalizing
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Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cannibalizing
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Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cannibalizing
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Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cannibalizing
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Conditional
I would cannibalize
you would cannibalize
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Past Conditional
I would have cannibalized
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cannibalize - eat human flesh
ingest, consume, have, take in, take - serve oneself to, or consume regularly; "Have another bowl of chicken soup!"; "I don't take sugar in my coffee"
2.cannibalize - use parts of something to repair something else
apply, employ, use, utilise, utilize - put into service; make work or employ for a particular purpose or for its inherent or natural purpose; "use your head!"; "we only use Spanish at home"; "I can't use this tool"; "Apply a magnetic field here"; "This thinking was applied to many projects"; "How do you utilize this tool?"; "I apply this rule to get good results"; "use the plastic bags to store the food"; "He doesn't know how to use a computer"
Translations

cannibalize

[ˈkænɪbəlaɪz] VT [+ car etc] → desguazar, desmontar

cannibalize

cannibalise [ˈkænɪbəlaɪz] (British) vt
[+ plane, car, machine] → démonter pour en réutiliser les pièces
[+ sales] → cannibaliser

cannibalize

vt old car etcausschlachten

cannibalize

[ˈkænɪbəlaɪz] vt (car) → smontare (per riutilizzare alcuni singoli pezzi)
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