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weaponize Syllabification: weap·on·ize

Definition of weaponize in English:


[with object]
1Convert to use as a weapon: a list of pathogens that terrorists might weaponize
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  • 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?
  • 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.’
  • Among the most startling admissions made by scientists there was that they had weaponized the biological agent aflatoxin.
2Supply or equip with weapons: an active program to weaponize smallpox
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  • 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.
  • That argument is long since over: space is already being weaponized.
  • With a few historical exceptions, space has not been weaponized - however, it has been militarized.



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  • Surprisingly, in the past few years they appear to have cleaned up their language a bit, recognizing the difference between space militarization, and space weaponization (although they are opposed to both).
  • In June and July we gave more details about weaponization of those materials and their major production facilities.
  • We want to make sure that there is no weaponization of space.

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