euthanize

[yoo-thuh-nahyz]
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
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Examples from the Web for euthanize

Contemporary Examples of euthanize

  • The three-drug formula, Alper writes, is “less reliable, and therefore less humane, than the method used to euthanize animals.”

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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 for euthanize

C20: back formation from euthanasia
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Word Origin and History for euthanize
v.

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

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