- To remove serviceable parts from (damaged airplanes, for example) for use in the repair of other equipment of the same kind.
- To deprive of vital elements or resources, such as personnel, equipment, or funding, for use elsewhere: "It becomes necessary to cannibalize unsuccessful projects to fund those which can proceed” ( Daily Report for Executives).
- To draw on as a major source: "cannibalizes the lives of his wife and friends for his second-rate novels” ( Washington Post).
- To practice cannibalism on.
- To practice cannibalism.