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



    (British English also -ise) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪz//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cannibalize
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪz//
    he / she / it cannibalizes
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzɪz//
    past simple cannibalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzd//
    past participle cannibalized
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzd//
    -ing form cannibalizing
    BrE BrE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkænɪbəlaɪzɪŋ//
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  1. 1cannibalize something to take the parts of a machine, vehicle, etc. and use them to repair or build another See related entries: How machines work
  2. 2cannibalize something (business) (of a company) to reduce the sales of one of its products by introducing a similar new product We believe the two perfumes appeal to different buyers and won’t cannibalize one another’s sales.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: cannibalize