Pronunciation: (kan'u-bu-līz"), [key]
—v., -ized, -iz•ing.
1. to subject to cannibalism.
2. to remove parts, equipment, assets, employees, etc., from (an item, product, or business) in order to use them in another: to cannibalize old airplanes for replacement parts.
3. to cut into; cause to become reduced; diminish: New products introduced in the next six months will cannibalize sales from established lines.
to act cannibalistically; practice cannibalism. Also, esp. Brit.,can'ni•bal•ise".
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