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 High-value, easy to weaponize, requires no authentication The vulnerability affects a line of firewalls that offer a feature known as zero-touch provisioning. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, 12 May 2022 The announcement came as Republicans, sharpening their attacks on Mr. Biden and Democrats before midterm congressional elections, sought to weaponize the baby formula shortage. New York Times, 12 May 2022 Further, Poland has been diversifying its gas sources, and both Poland and Bulgaria were aware of the potential for Russia to weaponize energy exports. Paul Hockenos For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 5 May 2022 They mustn’t be eroded by those with bad intentions who would seek with relish to weaponize this incident to derail those gains and divide us. David Oyelowo, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Apr. 2022 Over the course of three seasons as a Yankee, Urshela got to know Eovaldi’s tendencies and how the Sox starter likes to weaponize his full arsenal of pitches. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Mar. 2022 His department has offered cooperation with lawmakers' reviews of Trump's efforts to weaponize the DOJ in the election reversal bid. Tierney Sneed, CNN, 5 Jan. 2022 Analysts have previously warned that Russia could weaponize oil by intentionally holding back supplies in a bid to punish the West. Matt Egan, CNN, 23 Mar. 2022 In an alarming prediction, Gartner asserts that cyberattackers will weaponize OT environments to harm or kill humans by 2025. Ryan Moody, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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19 May 2022

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“Weaponize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weaponize. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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