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

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South Korea says the Japanese trade curbs could hurt its export-dependent economy and has accused Japan of weaponizing trade to retaliate over bilateral disputes stemming from their bitter wartime history. Washington Post, "Thousands of South Koreans protest Japanese trade curbs," 2 Aug. 2019 Trump’s attempt to weaponize the census ends not with a bang but a whimper. Zeke Miller, Twin Cities, "Trump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census," 11 July 2019 Move a scoring guard around the floor, weaponize him in balance off the catch and off the dribble, and keep the defense guessing as to where a possession might go next. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Kemba Walker Isn't Kyrie Irving, and Maybe That's a Good Thing for the Celtics," 30 June 2019 But as the number of lake trout decline, there will be fewer carcasses to weaponize against the eggs. National Geographic, "Want to kill invasive trout? Smother them with their dead.," 21 June 2019 The songs have been weaponized before to annoy parents, babysitters and other formerly sane adults in proximity to children. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Florida city plays ‘Baby Shark’ on loop to keep homeless from sleeping in waterfront park," 18 July 2019 The 9/11 moment is when Fox began weaponizing fear. Steven Zeitchik, Washington Post, "In ‘The Loudest Voice,’ Roger Ailes again stirs controversy, this time from the grave," 26 June 2019 The 9/11 moment is when Fox began weaponizing fear. chicagotribune.com, "Roger Ailes series on Showtime likely to rile the right and the left," 26 June 2019 After all, Brazil has become a key depot on China’s weaponized supply chain. Christopher R. O'dea, National Review, "How China Weaponized the Global Supply Chain," 20 June 2019

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First Known Use of weaponize

1957, in the meaning defined above

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