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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
cannibalize
cannibalize
Present
I cannibalize
you cannibalize
he/she/it cannibalizes
we cannibalize
you cannibalize
they cannibalize
Preterite
I cannibalized
you cannibalized
he/she/it cannibalized
we cannibalized
you cannibalized
they cannibalized
Present Continuous
I am cannibalizing
you are cannibalizing
he/she/it is cannibalizing
we are cannibalizing
you are cannibalizing
they are cannibalizing
Present Perfect
I have cannibalized
you have cannibalized
he/she/it has cannibalized
we have cannibalized
you have cannibalized
they have cannibalized
Past Continuous
I was cannibalizing
you were cannibalizing
he/she/it was cannibalizing
we were cannibalizing
you were cannibalizing
they were cannibalizing
Past Perfect
I had cannibalized
you had cannibalized
he/she/it had cannibalized
we had cannibalized
you had cannibalized
they had cannibalized
Future
I will cannibalize
you will cannibalize
he/she/it will cannibalize
we will cannibalize
you will cannibalize
they will cannibalize
Future Perfect
I will have cannibalized
you will have cannibalized
he/she/it will have cannibalized
we will have cannibalized
you will have cannibalized
they will have cannibalized
Future Continuous
I will be cannibalizing
you will be cannibalizing
he/she/it will be cannibalizing
we will be cannibalizing
you will be cannibalizing
they will be cannibalizing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been cannibalizing
you have been cannibalizing
he/she/it has been cannibalizing
we have been cannibalizing
you have been cannibalizing
they have been cannibalizing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been cannibalizing
you will have been cannibalizing
he/she/it will have been cannibalizing
we will have been cannibalizing
you will have been cannibalizing
they will have been cannibalizing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been cannibalizing
you had been cannibalizing
he/she/it had been cannibalizing
we had been cannibalizing
you had been cannibalizing
they had been cannibalizing
Conditional
I would cannibalize
you would cannibalize
he/she/it would cannibalize
we would cannibalize
you would cannibalize
they would cannibalize
Past Conditional
I would have cannibalized
you would have cannibalized
he/she/it would have cannibalized
we would have cannibalized
you would have cannibalized
they would have cannibalized
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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