eu·​tha·​nize | \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz How to pronounce euthanize (audio) \
variants: or less commonly euthanatize \ yü-​ˈtha-​nə-​ˌtīz How to pronounce euthanatize (audio) \
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

Definition of euthanize

transitive verb

: to subject to euthanasia

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The decision to euthanize the dog was made before Hoey became first selectman. Jack Kramer,, "CT dog comes off ‘death row,’ finds home in Michigan," 23 June 2019 Richard Blake, his defense attorney, said Wednesday that the case is not murder and denied that Husel was attempting to euthanize patients. NBC News, "Case against Ohio doctor charged with killing 25 patients may hinge on former colleagues," 6 June 2019 The bill would streamline the process for Washington, Idaho, Oregon and several Pacific Northwest Native American tribes to capture and euthanize potentially hundreds of sea lions found in the river east of Portland. Phuong Le, The Seattle Times, "Senate passes bill making it easier to kill sea lions in the Columbia River," 7 Dec. 2018 New Hampshire has roughly 6,100 bears, and a record 898 were killed in last year’s hunt, but Timmins said the decision to euthanize one is not made lightly. Washington Post, "Foraging bear spared by governor returns to town with 4 cubs," 13 Apr. 2018 An Indiana animal shelter came under fire Tuesday after it was accused of freezing cats to euthanize them. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Indiana animal shelter accused of killing cats with inhumane euthanizing method," 15 Aug. 2018 In many ways, deciding to euthanize on a good day is not only reasonable but loving. Ace Ratcliff, SELF, "Pet Euthanasia at Home: 6 Ways to Make Putting Down Your Pet Easier on Them—and You," 25 Oct. 2018 Bergin said the decision to euthanize a pet is about quality of life. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "My cat will never die, but in case he does get sick, Lap of Love vet has some tips," 10 July 2018 In 2017 the city didn't euthanize any of its animals that could be adopted, Fischer said. Kate Talerico, The Courier-Journal, "City breaks ground on 'no kill' animal shelter slated to open in mid-2019," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of euthanize

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for euthanize

Greek euthanatos

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transitive verb
eu·​tha·​nize | \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz\
variants: also euthanatize \ yu̇-​ˈthan-​ə-​ˌtīz \
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

Medical Definition of euthanize

: to subject to euthanasia the dog was euthanized at the owner's request

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