Pronunciation: (nOO'klē-u-rīz", nyOO'- or, by metathesis, -kyu lu-), [key]
—v.t., -ized, -iz•ing.
to equip with nuclear weapons; give nuclear capability to: a fear that armed forces on both sides would become nuclearized. Also, esp. Brit.,nu'cle•ar•ise".
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