[ yoo-thuh-nahyz ]
/ ˈyu θəˌnaɪz /
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verb (used with object), eu·tha·nized, eu·tha·niz·ing.
to subject to euthanasia: to euthanize injured animals.
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Also especially British, eu·tha·nise . Rarely eu·than·a·tize [yoo-than-uh-tahyz]; /yuˈθæn əˌtaɪz/; especially British, eu·than·a·tise .
Origin of euthanize
First recorded in 1960–65; euthan(asia) + -ize
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How to use euthanize in a sentence
If I were a family pet in this condititon, I would euthanise the pet.Why Are More Boomers Killing Themselves?|Lizzie Stark|October 22, 2008|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for euthanize
euthanise Austral euthanaze or euthanase (ˈjuːθəˌneɪz)
/ (ˈjuːθəˌnaɪz) /
(tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Word Origin for euthanize
C20: back formation from euthanasia
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