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cannibalize

verb [T] ( UK also cannibalise)
 
 
/ˈkænɪbəlaɪz/
MARKETING, COMMERCE to cause a reduction in the sales of an existing product or service by starting to sell a new product or service: They hope to sell 5 million of their new game machines, but those sales will cannibalize the sales of their last product.
PRODUCTION to take parts from a machine or vehicle to make or repair another machine or vehicle: Trucks have been cannibalized to keep others running.
cannibalization ( UK also cannibalisation) noun [U]
Translations of “cannibalize”
in Chinese (Traditional) 拆用, 拼修, 拼配…
in Chinese (Simplified) 拆用, 拼修, 拼配…
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