When something is cannibalized, it is eaten or used up completely. This can happen to any kind of resource, from food to resources that are important to the economy.

  • The company was cannibalizing its own resources, which is why it was going bankrupt.

  • The soldiers were cannibalizing the town's resources, which was why it was being attacked.

Definition of cannibalized


To eat (parts of) another of one's own species.


To remove parts of (a machine, etc) for use in other similar machines.


To reduce sales or market share (for one of one's own products) by introducing another.


Rework old material; rehash.

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