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

transitive verb

: to adapt for use as a weapon of war
weaponization noun

Examples of weaponize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The confluence of the conflict and the rapid development – and sheer accessibility – of AI tools have allowed antisemitic groups to weaponize the technology, creating images and audio that are used to harass the Jewish community, according to experts who track online extremism. Donie O'Sullivan, CNN, 14 Nov. 2023 In this fraught moment, dishes like hummus have become weaponized like never before. Kim Severson, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2023 But that power also begins to be weaponized, opening a bitter, new front in the culture war. Drew Harwell, Washington Post, 26 Oct. 2023 Arizona beat the Phillies by weaponizing its speed and aggression. Jorge Castillo, Los Angeles Times, 26 Oct. 2023 Further Reading Cutting-edge hack gives super user status by exploiting DRAM weakness A year later, researchers on Google's Project Zero vulnerability team devised several ways to weaponize the phenomenon. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 19 Oct. 2023 When the war in Ukraine started, Ukrainians were even translating ISIS manuals that contained instructions about how to weaponize drones, in order to prepare the population to wage an insurgency in case the Russians attacked. WIRED, 29 Sep. 2023 On the contrary, the genuine progress that Emily’s elevation represents can all too easily be weaponized against her, dismissed as a sop to political correctness over merit. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 Sep. 2023 But while the prosperity gospel speaks to the groups who are experiencing the worst of times, it’s also being weaponized by some of the most right-wing elements in conservative religious circles as a form of retribution. Elle Hardy, The New Republic, 23 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1957, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of weaponize was in 1957

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“Weaponize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaponize. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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