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

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Animal shelters can’t take in stray or unwanted animals solely to euthanize them for research facilities or sell animals for research or experimentation. USA TODAY, "Milestone rhino, Bigfoot shooting, jailed for feeding cats: News from around our 50 states," 1 Aug. 2019 Animal Cruelty House Enrolled Act 1615 puts new restrictions on the practices used by Indiana animal shelters to euthanize animals. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "What you should know about these Indiana laws going into effect July 1," 1 July 2019 What’s next, will the Fire’s absent owner order Rodriguez to euthanize the team’s beloved mascot, Sparky, and give us some poor guy dressed as deep-dish pizza? John Kass,, "Column: Foolish tomato gardener, a Ricketts, Fire GM vie for Golden Moutza of July," 2 Aug. 2019 But rather than continue the never-plausible pretense that the tax will someday be enforced, the House has voted to euthanize it. George Will, National Review, "The ‘Cadillac Tax’ Repeal Shows Bipartisanship Hazards," 25 July 2019 But rather than continue the never-plausible pretense that the tax will someday be enforced, the House has voted to euthanize it. George Will, Twin Cities, "George Will: The repeal of the ‘Cadillac tax’ showed a hazard of bipartisanship," 25 July 2019 Veterinarians were forced to euthanize the corella birds that hadn't already died. Joshua Bote, USA TODAY, "Dozens of birds fall from the sky like 'a horror movie.' They were poisoned, experts say," 12 July 2019 Without causing panic or a threat to public health, scientists had to quietly euthanize the remaining monkeys and sterilize the facility. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "What is the Ebola virus, and can it be stopped?," 9 Apr. 2019 The decision to euthanize the dog was made before Hoey became first selectman. Jack Kramer,, "CT dog comes off ‘death row,’ finds home in Michigan," 23 June 2019

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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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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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