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 More:Waukesha County told them to euthanize their dog or move him after 2 family members got hurt. Samantha Hendrickson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Sep. 2021 In most cases, when a bear wanders into a home, state wildlife officials have to trap and euthanize the animal because it is considered a threat to humans, officials said. Martin E. Comas,, 14 Sep. 2021 The sudden closure of slaughterhouses forced farmers to euthanize hundreds of thousands of pigs. Dan Kaufman, The New Yorker, 17 Aug. 2021 The park service said the decision to euthanize the bear if it is found is based on its and North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission protocols. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 2 Oct. 2021 If the bear is captured and positively identified, officials will humanely euthanize the animal, per park and NCWRC protocol. CNN, 1 Oct. 2021 Instead, Whelan said people can put fish in the freezer to euthanize them, then they can be disposed in the trash. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 As a result, the zoo made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2021 The zoo's veterinary and care staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize the penguin on Saturday. Glenn Garner,, 9 Sep. 2021

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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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19 Oct 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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