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nuclearize

[ noo-klee-uh-rahyz, nyoo- or, by metathesis, -kyuh-luh- ]
/ ˈnu kli əˌraɪz, ˈnyu- or, by metathesis, -kyə lə- /
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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.

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

Origin of nuclearize

First recorded in 1955–60; nuclear + -ize

pronunciation note for nuclearize

See nuclear.

OTHER WORDS FROM nuclearize

nu·cle·ar·i·za·tion, noun
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