intransitive verb-·ized·, -·iz·ing
- to strip (old or worn equipment) of parts for use in other units to help keep them in service
- to take any or all personnel or components from (one organization) for use in building up another
- to swallow up or devour (another of the same kind): used fig.
- to incorporate (parts of someone else's writing, painting, or music or of one's own earlier work) into one's current efforts
verbcan·ni·bal·ized, can·ni·bal·iz·ing, can·ni·bal·iz·es
- To remove serviceable parts from (damaged airplanes, for example) for use in the repair of other equipment of the same kind.
- To deprive of vital elements or resources, such as personnel, equipment, or funding, for use elsewhere.
- To draw on as a major source: “cannibalizes the lives of his wife and friends for his second-rate novels” ( Washington Post )
- To practice cannibalism on.
(third-person singular simple present cannibalizes, present participle cannibalizing, simple past and past participle cannibalized)
- Alternative form of cannibalise.