canalize

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verb can·a·lize \ ˈka-nə-ˌlīz \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of canalize

canalized; canalizing
transitive verb
1 a :to provide with a canal or channel
b :to make into or similar to a canal
2 :to provide with an outlet; especially :to direct into preferred channels
intransitive verb
1 :to flow in or into a channel
2 :to establish new channels

Examples of canalize in a Sentence

  1. the director of the charity should be canalizing the flow of donations so that the money ends up where it is most needed

First Known Use of canalize

1830

canalize Synonyms


Medical Dictionary

canalize

verb can·a·lize
variants: or British canalise play \ˈkan-ᵊl-ˌīz\

medical Definition of canalize

canalized or British canalised; canalizing or British canalising
transitive verb
:to drain (a wound) by forming channels without the use of tubes
intransitive verb
:to develop new channels (as new capillaries in a blood clot)


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