Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To remove serviceable parts from (damaged airplanes, for example) for use in the repair of other equipment of the same kind.
  • intransitive verb To deprive of vital elements or resources, such as personnel, equipment, or funding, for use elsewhere.
  • intransitive verb To draw on as a major source.
  • intransitive verb To practice cannibalism on.
  • intransitive verb To practice cannibalism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • verb same as cannibalise.

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  • verb Alternative form of cannibalise.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb use parts of something to repair something else
  • verb eat human flesh

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Examples

  • 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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  • The problem is that banks may be reluctant to "cannibalize" on their overdraft fee income with lower-cost loans, Bair wrote in a 2005 report when she taught at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

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  • And now we arrive at a juncture where the budget crisis ostensibly is being used as cover to "cannibalize" the state's education system, quite possibly in an irreparable manner.

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  • Sales of Xience, a drug-eluting stent, or DES, acquired from Guidant, may "cannibalize" Boston Scientific's Taxus sales but appears manageable, according to the Morgan Stanley analyst.

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  • This year, Munster estimated, Verizon stands to "cannibalize" the sales of 6.5 million iPhones that might have been sold by AT&T.

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  • Reiner said he expects the iPad to "cannibalize" sales of competitors who are trying to sell netbooks.

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  • In addition to the netbook data, Huberty released another chart showing which other device categories iPad would "cannibalize" (with some fava beans and a nice Chianti, no doubt).

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  • In addition to the netbook data, Huberty released another chart showing which other device categories iPad would "cannibalize" (with some fava beans and a nice Chianti, no doubt).

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  • His intent, he said, is to attract new people to yoga rather than "cannibalize" the existing market by taking other studios 'customers.

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