weap·​on·​ize | \ ˈwe-pə-ˌnīz \
weaponized; weaponizing

Definition of weaponize

transitive verb

: to adapt for use as a weapon of war

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weaponization \ ˌwe-​pə-​nə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun

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Some YouTube diehards feel that a company shouldn’t be able to reach number-one subscriber status by uploading footage made by other people, and by weaponizing huge budgets and marketing teams. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "PewDiePie’s fans are fighting hard to ensure he remains the biggest YouTuber," 14 Nov. 2018 Please come into the comments and tell me how this has nothing to do with race, white privilege, and white women weaponizing the police against black bodies. Monique Judge, The Root, "Crazy, Racist White Woman Assaults Black Teens and Insults Them With Racial Slurs at a Public Swimming Pool," 26 June 2018 There have been other moments in which Teigen has been able to take her influence and weaponize it for truth. Gillian Laab, Vogue, "Chrissy Teigen on Kanye, Getting Blocked by Trump, and Actually Caring About Her Comments," 16 Oct. 2018 Juliette Kayyem, who worked in the Department of Homeland Security under the Obama administration noted that small planes still had the potential to be weaponized, causing major loss of life. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "TSA Suggests Ditching Passenger Screening at U.S. Airports," 1 Aug. 2018 This weaponized forgiveness also fuels women’s participation in our own oppression. Megan Feldman Bettencourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Forgiveness Has Been Weaponized Against Women," 25 Sep. 2018 No doubt that’s true, but the real reason the GOP has resorted to a new rule is because Democrats have weaponized ethics rules to handcuff the Republican majority. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Big Labor’s Deep State," 16 Sep. 2018 Policies that are true assaults on immigrants have become weaponized as a political tool. Alexandra Robbins, Marie Claire, "The Welcome Committee," 15 Aug. 2018 It’s as though his once-lovable stupidity has been weaponized into something a lot more dismissive and dangerous. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "How did Patrick Star of ‘SpongeBob’ become a meme phenomenon?," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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