eu·​tha·​nize ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz How to pronounce euthanize (audio)
variants or less commonly euthanatize
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

transitive verb

: to subject to euthanasia

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Earlier this year in Southern California, authorities broke up a large cockfighting event and said they were forced to euthanize nearly 150 roosters. CBS News, 8 Dec. 2022 The California Department of Fish and Wildlife announced its decision to euthanize the famous lion days after he was found in a Los Feliz backyard having been apparently hit by a car. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 26 Dec. 2022 The Alabama Supreme Court affirmed a decision to euthanize the dog. William Thornton |, al, 14 Dec. 2022 The Humane Society, which suspended canine adoptions for six weeks, had to euthanize several severely ill dogs before the outbreak ebbed, Alverson said. Emily Anthes,, 3 Dec. 2022 The arrival comes two years after the zoo had to euthanize two of its older female elephants, Ambika, 72, and Shanthi, 45, due to old age and infirmity. Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 7 Nov. 2022 Officials said at the time that additional testing would decide whether to bring him to an animal sanctuary or euthanize him. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 17 Dec. 2022 Cannes-bowing social drama is set in the future in which the government offers incentives to senior citizens who euthanize themselves. Shalini Dore, Variety, 2 Nov. 2022 Often, wildlife managers euthanize adult bears that have become too dependent on humans for food. Frederick Dreier, Outside Online, 14 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


Greek euthanatos

First Known Use

1873, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of euthanize was in 1873

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Cite this Entry

“Euthanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition


transitive verb
variants also euthanatize
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing
: to subject to euthanasia
the dog was euthanized at the owner's request

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