Definition of euthanize in English:


Line breaks: eu¦than|ize
Pronunciation: /ˈjuːθənʌɪz
(also euthanise)


[with object] North American
  • Put (an animal) to death humanely: older dogs may find loving homes instead of being euthanized
    More 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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