from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To remove serviceable parts from (damaged airplanes, for example) for use in the repair of other equipment of the same kind.
- transitive v. To deprive of vital elements or resources, such as personnel, equipment, or funding, for use elsewhere: "It becomes necessary to cannibalize unsuccessful projects to fund those which can proceed” ( Daily Report for Executives).
- transitive v. To draw on as a major source: "cannibalizes the lives of his wife and friends for his second-rate novels” ( Washington Post).
- transitive v. To practice cannibalism on.
- intransitive v. To practice cannibalism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Alternative form of cannibalise.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- v. same as cannibalise.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. use parts of something to repair something else
- v. eat human flesh
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You cannibalize and that's why we use the term cannibalize because that's exactly what is happening not only to us, but to others.
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I'm not sure the analyst is using the term "cannibalize" correctly.
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