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

Examples of euthanize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Loaded chamber: Only one county in the state allows veterinarians to use the gas chamber to euthanize animals, a practice outlawed in 27 states, Behrens reports for the Columbus Dispatch. cleveland, "Ohio confirms three cases of COVID-19 coronavirus: Capitol Letter," 10 Mar. 2020 The Supreme Court of the Netherlands ruled this week that doctors can lawfully euthanize patients with severe dementia as long as the patient signed off on it while legally capable. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Dutch Supreme Court: Doctors can euthanize dementia patients," 24 Apr. 2020 New Mexico Santa Fe: A grandfather’s effort to euthanize the family duck drew police after residents reported multiple shots fired. USA TODAY, "Pachyderm vacation rental, Cookie Monster overdoses, stolen baby Jesus statue found: News from around our 50 states," 28 Feb. 2020 As nuclear war threatens once more, state authorities attempt to euthanize those suffering (or not) war’s effects. Jack Butler, National Review, "The End Is Near? Three Apocalyptic Novels," 14 Mar. 2020 This week vets were forced to euthanize a koala named Lewis, who had become a symbol of the destruction after a video of him being rescued went viral online. James Griffiths, CNN, "A volunteer firefighter has been charged after allegedly starting fires in Australia," 27 Nov. 2019 In Canada, government threatens to withdraw all funding from a facility that refuses to euthanize dying patients. Wesley J. Smith, National Review, "Pressuring a Hospice to Kill," 24 Jan. 2020 Port Macquarie Koala Hospital made the decision to euthanize Lewis Tuesday after inspecting his wounds. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Lewis the koala dies one week after rescue from Australia bushfire," 26 Nov. 2019 Zenda had developed difficulty standing & walking and animal care staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A healthy Chicago zoo lioness died after a puzzling fall -- less than two weeks after losing her mate," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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13 May 2020

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“Euthanize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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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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