To cannibalize is to eat someone or something that is not alive. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of destroying something so that you can use its parts.

  • They were cannibals, and they ate everything that they found.

  • The soldiers were cannibalizing the bodies of the enemy soldiers.

Definition of cannibalizing


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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