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

Examples of euthanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Game and Fish employees conducted a brief search, located and euthanized the two foxes who were suspected of being rabid. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2024 On March 28, a gray fox was captured and euthanized after the animal attacked a person in Tucson. Rey Covarrubias Jr., The Arizona Republic, 6 May 2024 Scientists at Mote Marine Laboratory had to euthanize the shark-looking ray on Thursday because its health condition continued to deteriorate, it was announced Friday. David Goodhue, Miami Herald, 3 May 2024 The museum closed for the rest of the day and wildlife officials captured the foxes, euthanized them and submitted them for rabies testing, the department said. Brooke Baitinger, Sacramento Bee, 2 May 2024 Zookeepers said on March 14 that Angela Kate had to be euthanized after suffering a fall. Olivia Lloyd, Charlotte Observer, 8 Apr. 2024 Critics say the program also promotes animal cruelty by allowing farmers to euthanize their flocks by shutting down a barn’s ventilation system and pumping in hot air, a method that can take hours. Andrew Jacobs, New York Times, 2 Apr. 2024 The attacking dog was an Olde English bulldog, WBMA reported; it was promptly euthanized, police said. Samira Asma-Sadeque, Peoplemag, 29 Feb. 2024 This was when the decision was made to humanely euthanize her. Journal Sentinel, 26 Feb. 2024

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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 18 May. 2024.

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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