weaponize

verb
weap·​on·​ize | \ ˈwe-pə-ˌnīz How to pronounce weaponize (audio) \
weaponized; weaponizing

Definition of weaponize

transitive verb

: to adapt for use as a weapon of war

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Other Words from weaponize

weaponization \ ˌwe-​pə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce weaponize (audio) \ noun

Examples of weaponize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Those extra pathways can pigment terms, weaponize musical notes, or even ruin a first date with a rather putrid-tasting name. Marion Renault, Popular Science, "Why some people hear colors and taste words," 27 Dec. 2020 At the heart of the Gebru scandal is an old story, about the way whistleblowers are punished by profit-seeking executives who instinctively know how to weaponize difference markers like race or gender to win the game. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Who Gets a Say in Our Dystopian Tech Future?," 10 Dec. 2020 In other cases, investigators have focused on Facebook’s trove of information and the extent to which the tech giant has sought to weaponize it to quash potential rival developers, the sources said. Washington Post, "State, federal authorities expected to file antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday," 9 Dec. 2020 In other cases, investigators have focused on Facebook’s trove of information and the extent to which the tech giant has sought to weaponize it to quash potential rival developers, the sources said. Author: Tony Romm, Anchorage Daily News, "State, federal authorities expected to file antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday," 9 Dec. 2020 Those who weaponize them electorally haven’t always translated them into actual policy change. Jorge González-gallarza Hernández, National Review, "David Goodhart, Up from the Cognitive Meritocracy," 6 Dec. 2020 Iran has long denied seeking to weaponize nuclear energy. Parisa Hafezi, The Christian Science Monitor, "Iranian scientist killed, adding a challenge for Biden," 27 Nov. 2020 Don’t ‘weaponize’ age Like virtually all septuagenarians, the presidential candidates have lived through health challenges. James Rainey, Star Tribune, "Why Trump and Biden may both be presidential 'super-agers'," 14 Oct. 2020 Opponents, however, argued the measure was the latest attempt by SEIU-UHW to weaponize the ballot box to try to force the dialysis industry to spend millions to defend itself when the union’s real interest is getting clinic workers to unionize. Los Angeles Times, "Prop. 23, which would have imposed new regulations on dialysis industry, fails," 3 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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7 Jan 2021

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“Weaponize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaponize. Accessed 25 Jan. 2021.

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