canalize

verb can·a·lize \ ˈka-nə-ˌlīz \

Definition of canalize

canalized; canalizing
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
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

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First Known Use of canalize

1830

in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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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
: to drain (a wound) by forming channels without the use of tubes
: to develop new channels (as new capillaries in a blood clot)


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