[noo-klee-uh-rahyz, nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh-]

verb (used with object), nu·cle·ar·ized, nu·cle·ar·iz·ing.

to equip with nuclear weapons; give nuclear capability to: a fear that armed forces on both sides would become nuclearized.

Nearby words

  1. nuclear weapon,
  2. nuclear weapons,
  3. nuclear winter,
  4. nuclear-free zone,
  5. nuclearism,
  6. nuclease,
  7. nucleate,
  8. nucleated,
  9. nucleating agent,
  10. nucleation

Also especially British, nu·cle·ar·ise.

Origin of nuclearize

First recorded in 1955–60; nuclear + -ize

Related formsnu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun

Pronunciation note

See nuclear. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019