euthanize

verb
eu·​tha·​nize | \ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz \
variants: or less commonly euthanatize \ yü-​ˈtha-​nə-​ˌtīz \
euthanized also euthanatized; euthanizing also euthanatizing

Definition of euthanize 

transitive verb

: to subject to euthanasia

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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 Young appealed the town’s decision to euthanize Simon, triggering a hearing process with the state. Shawn R. Beals, courant.com, "After Nearly A Year In Town Custody — And A Kill Order — Guilford Family's Dog At Center Of Potential Federal Lawsuit," 2 July 2018 Cadden said officials were left with no choice but to euthanize the animal because it was now considered a threat to public safety. Bree Burkitt, azcentral, "Bear euthanized after found roaming in Anthem neighborhood," 28 May 2018 Perry said Marshall shoots stray dogs because of the dangers of the disease to humans, and because there are no veterinarians in the village to euthanize the dogs with drugs. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Southwest Alaska village ‘on edge’ after fox and dog test positive for rabies," 9 June 2018 The department said when bears come to a residential location for a second time, the officials are often left with no other choice and have to euthanize for public safety. Robert Gundran, azcentral, "Arizona Game and Fish: Expect more bear sightings in residential areas," 31 May 2018 Now the city of St. George, Utah, is considering whether to euthanize the dog. Josh Magness, kansascity, "Cops use stun gun on aggressive German Shepherd, video shows. Should it be euthanized? | The Kansas City Star," 19 May 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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euthanize

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

Medical Definition of euthanize 

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

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