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

verb (used with object),nu·cle·ar·ized, nu·cle·ar·iz·ing.
  1. to equip with nuclear weapons; give nuclear capability to: a fear that armed forces on both sides would become nuclearized.

Origin of nuclearize

First recorded in 1955–60; nuclear + -ize
  • Also especially British, nu·cle·ar·ise .

pronunciation note For nuclearize

See nuclear.

Other words from nuclearize

  • nu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun

Words Nearby nuclearize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023