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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So China would be loath to weaponize its financial assets, analysts say. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "Why Investors Aren’t Worried China Will Weaponize Its Treasurys Hoard," 27 June 2018 Zuckerberg and his team have been dealing with the fallout from unknowingly allowing Russia to weaponize its platform to spread fake news in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election. Alyssa Newcomb /, NBC News, "Facebook reveals how much abusive content it removes," 15 May 2018 However, this developmental phenomenon is not likely to lead to a replacement for the larger, weaponized Reaper anytime soon – given its importance to strike and reconnaissance missions. Fox News, "Air Force expands mission for Reaper attack drones, adds new weapons," 28 June 2018 An interpretive lens of power weaponizes sacred scripture and turns our partisan allegiances into false idols. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 But there are still a lot of unsettling, unanswered questions about how, for example, Facebook was weaponized in Myanmar to fuel genocide. Eric Johnson, Recode, "How can we make tech more accountable?," 22 June 2018 In truth, my dyslexia had been weaponized against me by family members, classmates, and exes. Lisa Wood Shapiro, WIRED, "The End of Dyslexia," 18 June 2018 As of late, both agencies have been weaponized against people seeking a better way of life. Monique Judge, The Root, "Cold as ICE: Woman Says US Border Agents Ripped Nursing Baby From Her Arms," 14 June 2018 At Duna, Nicolaus Balla and Cortney Burns serve weaponized grandma food. Ali Bouzari, San Francisco Chronicle, "Housemade: The silent science behind three signature dishes at Duna," 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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