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Definition of CANNIBALIZE
a: to take salvageable parts from (as a disabled machine) for use in building or repairing another machine
b: to make use of (a part taken from one thing) in building, repairing, or creating something else
: to deprive of an essential part or element in creating or sustaining another facility or enterprise <the energy system has begun cannibalizing the economic system it is supposed to fuel — Barry Commoner>
: to use or draw on material of (as another writer or an earlier work) <a biography that cannibalizes previous biographies>
: to take (sales) away from an existing product by selling or being sold as a similar but new product usually from the same manufacturer; also: to affect (as an existing product) adversely by cannibalizing sales