Definition of canalize verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they canalize
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪz//
    he / she / it canalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple canalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪzd//
    past participle canalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪzd//
    -ing form canalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkænəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1canalize something (specialist) to make a river wider, deeper or straighter; to make a river into a canal
  2. 2canalize something (formal) to control an emotion, activity, etc. so that it is aimed at a particular purpose synonym channel
  3. Word Originmid 19th cent.: from French canaliser, from canal ‘channel’, alteration of chanel ‘channel’, from Latin canalis ‘pipe, groove, channel’, from canna ‘cane’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: canalize