euthanize

verb eu·tha·nize \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz \
variants: or less commonly euthanatize play \yü-ˈtha-nə-ˌtīz\

Definition of euthanize

euthanized also -tized; euthanizing also euthanatizing
transitive verb
:to subject to euthanasia

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Origin and Etymology of euthanize

Greek euthanatos

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euthanize

transitive verb eu·tha·nize \ ˈyü-thə-ˌnīz \
variants: also euthanatize \yu̇-ˈthan-ə-ˌtīz\

medical Definition of euthanize

euthanized also -tized; euthanizing also eutizing
:to subject to euthanasia
  • the dog was euthanized at the owner's request

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