Definition of euthanize in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈyo͞oTHəˌnīz/


[with object] (usually be euthanized) North American
Put (a living being, especially a dog or cat) to death humanely.
Example sentences
  • A young, arrogant veterinarian unable to concentrate on the needs of animals hastily euthanizes an ill horse.
  • This story is about this woman who worked for the humane society and euthanized a stray cat.
  • In the United States, critically injured racehorses are humanely euthanized by lethal injection.


1970s: formed irregularly from euthanasia + -ize.

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Syllabification: eu·tha·nize

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