Cannibalize



to subject to cannibalism.
to remove parts, equipment, assets, employees, etc., from (an item, product, or business) in order to use them in another:
to cannibalize old airplanes for replacement parts.
to cut into; cause to become reduced; diminish:
New products introduced in the next six months will cannibalize sales from established lines.
to act cannibalistically; practice cannibalism.
Contemporary Examples

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Historical Examples

The Issahar Artifacts Jesse Franklin Bone

verb
(transitive) to use (serviceable parts from one machine or vehicle) to repair another, esp as an alternative to using new parts
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