Definition of weaponize in English:

weaponize

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Convert to use as a weapon.

    ‘a list of pathogens that terrorists might weaponize’
    • ‘I think we'll find biological precursors that may or may not have been weaponized.’
    • ‘I agree with John Kyl that many terrorist organizations have access to biological agents, but they don't know how to weaponize them.’
    • ‘We knew that he had biological precursors; the question was always whether he had perfected the way of weaponizing the precursors - in other words, turning smallpox into a real weapon.’
    • ‘There's never been an acknowledgement that any facility there had weaponized anthrax.’
    • ‘He grew it, probably on a solid medium and weaponized it at a private location where he had accumulated the equipment and the material.’
    • ‘Had they made any progress towards weaponising their chemical and bacterial agents?’
    • ‘In which case the terrorists now have nuclear/chemical/biological materials and the tools to weaponize them.’
    • ‘On 1 July 1995, they had admitted to the production of bulk biological agent, but had denied weaponizing it.’
    • ‘Do you believe that right now there are people in this world trying to weaponize smallpox and other viruses, and succeeding?’
    • ‘Among the most startling admissions made by scientists there was that they had weaponized the biological agent aflatoxin.’
    • ‘High temperatures or intense radiation can destroy chemical or biological agents such as VX nerve gas or weaponized anthrax.’
    • ‘After all, plague is one of the diseases that can be weaponized.’
    • ‘Many countries currently have weaponized anthrax, and many others are trying to acquire it.’
    • ‘It is now believed that smallpox specimens exists in secret storage facilities and at some point may be weaponized and delivered to human populations.’
    • ‘The assumption is that if ricin were weaponized, it would be treated like anthrax spores and dispersed for maximum effect.’
    • ‘Although any toxin or infectious agent could in theory be weaponised, the WHO believes that there are only five diseases likely to be used in a biological weapon: anthrax, botulism, smallpox, plague and tularaemia.’
    • ‘Ken Alibek has alleged that the Soviets had a program to weaponize smallpox.’
    • ‘And why is the government spending money weaponizing biological agents that are a danger to the public and are banned under the 1972 Biological Warfare Convention?’
    • ‘These same qualities make producing and weaponizing anthrax a top priority for many developing countries and non-state actors trying to boost their influence on the global stage.’
    • ‘Worse, there's no reason to think that he's the only person in the world who has ‘no moral qualms about developing weaponized anthrax and smallpox.’’
  • 2Supply or equip with weapons.

    ‘an active program to weaponize smallpox’
    • ‘Instead, we must persist in the quest for united action to counter both global warming and a weaponized world.’
    • ‘That argument is long since over: space is already being weaponized.’
    • ‘It would have been smarter to buy half of the troop carriers we did but ensure that they were armoured and weaponised appropriately.’
    • ‘However, the argument that weapons eventually go anywhere that people do is too simplistic to provide much insight about the ways in which space might actually become weaponized.’
    • ‘With a few historical exceptions, space has not been weaponized - however, it has been militarized.’
    • ‘The United States could weaponize space and gain a temporary advantage, but eventually other nations would develop their own space weapons in response.’

Pronunciation:

weaponize

/ˈwepənaɪz/