Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

euthanize

[yoo-thuh-nahyz]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
verb (used with object), eu·tha·nized, eu·tha·niz·ing.
  1. to subject to euthanasia: to euthanize injured animals.
Also eu·than·a·tize [yoo-than-uh-tahyz] /yuˈθæn əˌtaɪz/; especially British, eu·tha·nise, eu·than·a·tise.

Origin of euthanize

First recorded in 1960–65; euthan(asia) + -ize
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for euthanize

Contemporary Examples


British Dictionary definitions for euthanize

euthanize

euthanise Austral euthanaze or euthanase (ˈjuːθəˌneɪz)

verb
  1. (tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness

Word Origin

C20: back formation from euthanasia
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for euthanize

v.

by 1915, in place of earlier and etymologically correct euthanatize (1873); see euthanasia + -ize. Related: Euthanized; euthanizing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

  • About
  • Cookies, Terms, & Privacy
© 2018 Dictionary.com, LLC.