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 And when that happens and a bear becomes a regular nuisance—or worse, an aggressive nuisance—rangers may have to euthanize it. Alisha Mcdarris, Popular Science, "Simple tips for getting black bears to leave you alone," 12 Oct. 2020 Nietert said that the ODNR, in setting the limit for how many deer can be culled within a community, used to use only police data, figures such as how many deer-vehicle accidents there were, or how many deer police had to euthanize. cleveland, "South Euclid Council approves USDA agreement to cull deer using sharpshooters," 30 Sep. 2020 Still, because of the amount of food the bear consumed and the fact its raids started last year, park staff decided to euthanize it -- a difficult decision, officials say. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "Denali Park officials kill ‘food-conditioned’ grizzly in Kantishna-Wonder Lake area," 28 Sep. 2020 Industry representatives convened a call with the USDA, the Food and Drug Administration and DHS about the impending disaster facing farmers, who would need to mass euthanize their animals if plants remained shuttered. Michael Grabell, ProPublica, "Emails Show the Meatpacking Industry Drafted an Executive Order to Keep Plants Open," 14 Sep. 2020 He was taken to an animal hospital for treatment, but a decision was made to euthanize him. Andrew Boryga,, "Family adopted rescue dog two weeks ago, and then it mauled its owner to death," 31 Aug. 2020 Rork’s father, who was also a pilot, gave him his old 4-seater plane, and Rork started flying a handful of at-risk dogs from shelters that euthanize to ones that don’t. Washington Post, "How this former doctor ended up flying thousands of dogs across the country to save them," 31 Aug. 2020 Patterson, who is part of a co-op with about a dozen other families near his farm in Kenyon, Minnesota, said in June that his co-op was forced to euthanize some $500,000 in pigs. Jack Turman, CBS News, "Minnesota farmers hopeful, though losses continue amid coronavirus," 25 Aug. 2020 The disruption to the meat supply chain due to COVID-19 forced producers to euthanize and dispose of livestock due to lack of market access. Brett Rowland, Washington Examiner, "Governor allocates $100M in CARES Act funding for Iowa farmers," 26 Aug. 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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18 Oct 2020

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“Euthanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 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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