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cannibalize

[′kan·ə·bə‚līz]
(engineering)
To remove parts from one piece of equipment and use them to replace like, defective parts in a similar piece of equipment in order to keep the latter operational.

cannibalize

To take out parts or components from one aircraft to service another and make it operational.
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Without an accurate understanding of how one item cannibalizes the rest of its market segment, one cannot determine whether an item is adding variety or duplication to the mix.
This species also cannibalizes mates in the wild, said Sue Lawrence, now of the Scottish Natural Heritage in Aberdeen.
Occasionally it actually cannibalizes the light around it.