put to sleep

idiom

1
: to give (a sick or injured animal) drugs that will make it die without pain
2
informal : to use a drug to make (someone) unconscious before a medical operation : to give (someone) anesthesia before a medical operation
3
: to get (someone) ready to sleep for the night
Did you put the kids to sleep?
4
: to make (someone) fall asleep from boredom
Her lectures used to put me to sleep.

Examples of put to sleep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sadly, the blind donkey was put to sleep — coincidentally on the same day that Larson's blind horse had an eye removed. Wendy Grossman Kantor, Peoplemag, 24 Feb. 2024 But as the landing zone moves into Earth’s shadow, experiencing lunar night, the spacecraft will be put to sleep. Jackie Wattles, CNN, 12 Feb. 2024 In Orion’s story, he’s whisked by the dark out of his home and into an adventure that will involve seeing people seemingly smothered or hit to be put to sleep at night (then given a good-night kiss), sucked into a vortex, and nearly killed more than once. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 2 Feb. 2024 Babies put to sleep in their cribs reach out and grab cords dangling from the window blinds above them. Suzy Khimm, NBC news, 20 Dec. 2023 These procedures involve large incisions, so patients are generally put to sleep using general anesthesia.8 The extent of the procedure, and the recovery time needed, depends on the body parts involved. Amanda MacMillan, Health, 2 Nov. 2023 With the tattoo taking so long to complete, Prescott was put to sleep. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 And babies should only be put to sleep on a firm, flat surface—like a crib or bassinet—without pillows or other products that could suffocate the infant. Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal, Parents, 29 Aug. 2023 Characters hunt for dead cats (for spaceship fuel), and a cat is humanely put to sleep. Common Sense Media, Washington Post, 11 Aug. 2023

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“Put to sleep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/put%20to%20sleep. Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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