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

Definition of euthanize

transitive verb

: to subject to euthanasia

Examples of euthanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The 48-year-old western lowland gorilla died Sunday after the zoo's Congo Expedition Region and animal health care teams made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her, following a series of cardiac complications, Audra Meinelt said. Céilí Doyle, USA TODAY, "Beloved gorilla in Ohio zoo dies at age 48, community remembers her 'beautiful soul'," 8 Dec. 2020 Paaske had hesitated to spend $360 needed to euthanize her 15-year old dog, who had a brain tumor, before going through with it. Christopher Rugaber And Casey Smith, Star Tribune, "A bleak outlook for millions facing cutoff of US jobless aid," 5 Dec. 2020 Actually a classy move by owner Shad Khan to euthanize tenure of GM Dave Caldwell once Jacksonville's playoff hopes were officially extinguished. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "NFL power rankings: First-place Packers, Titans climb into top five," 1 Dec. 2020 But Utah allows wildlife managers to trap and euthanize wolves to prevent them from reestablishing themselves. Anna M. Phillips, Los Angeles Times, "Trump administration drops gray wolf from endangered species list," 29 Oct. 2020 The organization doesn’t usually euthanize and typically finds homes for 99% of its animals. Catherine Matos,, "Finding furever during a pandemic: More Central Floridians adopting dogs, cats," 21 Oct. 2020 The dog’s owners, Neil and Annie Hornish, have been fighting efforts to euthanize the dog since shortly after the attack. Nicholas Rondinone,, "State rules dog that fatally mauled 95-year-old Enfield woman can be put down," 21 Oct. 2020 Attempt to kill or euthanize an animal in any manner other than the ones specified in the full code. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "Mesquite could expand violations for negligent animal owners, change limit on number of pets," 14 Oct. 2020 Because of the severity of the horse’s injury and the amount of suffering, it was advised by the veterinarian to humanely euthanize the horse. Carol Robinson |, al, "1 horse euthanized, 9 more removed from Walker County property; owner charged," 5 Oct. 2020

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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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17 Dec 2020

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“Euthanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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