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

Examples of euthanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Maybe nature simply would have taken its course with the Bulls dynasty, had general manager Jerry Krause not opted to euthanize it. Jeff Mcdonald,, "How the San Antonio Spurs missed out on a chance to go dancing with Michael Jordan," 23 May 2020 My vet tells me about a few places that will do a home visit to euthanize my sweet Riley but none of them work out. Melanie Fonder Kaye, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Good dog, Riley.' How we decided to end his suffering and say goodbye to the first member of our family," 1 May 2020 Large orders from schools and restaurants that remain closed during the pandemic have led dairy farms to dump excess milk in fields and chicken farmers to euthanize millions of chickens. Carly Ortiz-lytle, Washington Examiner, "'Win-win for our farmers': Publix buys excess produce and donates to families in need," 23 Apr. 2020 No one had asked her to scale down colonies, euthanize animals or make tough calls on which ones to keep, like other research centers have had to do. Christine Fernando, Indianapolis Star, "Stunned by coronavirus, a college town slowly awakens to a surreal new normal," 11 Apr. 2020 Loaded chamber: Only one county in the state allows veterinarians to use the gas chamber to euthanize animals, a practice outlawed in 27 states, Behrens reports for the Columbus Dispatch. cleveland, "Ohio confirms three cases of COVID-19 coronavirus: Capitol Letter," 10 Mar. 2020 The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that doctors can lawfully euthanize patients with severe dementia as long as the patient signed off on it while legally capable. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Dutch Supreme Court: Doctors can euthanize dementia patients," 24 Apr. 2020 New Mexico Santa Fe: A grandfather’s effort to euthanize the family duck drew police after residents reported multiple shots fired. USA TODAY, "Pachyderm vacation rental, Cookie Monster overdoses, stolen baby Jesus statue found: News from around our 50 states," 28 Feb. 2020 As nuclear war threatens once more, state authorities attempt to euthanize those suffering (or not) war’s effects. Jack Butler, National Review, "The End Is Near? Three Apocalyptic Novels," 14 Mar. 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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27 May 2020

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“Euthanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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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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