v. weap·on·ized, weap·on·iz·ing, weap·on·iz·es
1. To supply with weapons or deploy weapons in: weaponize outer space with lasers.
a. To equip (a missile or other delivery system) with an explosive or other weapon.
b. To place or mount (an explosive or nuclear device, for example) on a missile or other delivery system.
3. To produce or refine (a substance or biological agent, for example) for use as a weapon.
To deploy missiles or other delivery systems equipped with weapons.
weap′on·i·zation (-ə-nĭ-;zāshən) n.
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