to subject to euthanasia: to euthanize injured animals.
- Also especially British, eu·tha·nise .
- Rarely eu·than·a·tize [yoo-than-uh-tahyz]; /yuˈθæn əˌtaɪz/; especially British, eu·than·a·tise .
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How to use euthanize in a sentence
When Sunny was euthanized in my backyard two days earlier, I knew that adjusting to life without her would be hard.
The Staffordshire terrier and boxer mix had to be euthanized four days later.Body-cam footage shows police shoot a ‘playful’ puppy: ‘He was curious and excited to greet this officer’ | Andrea Salcedo | August 27, 2021 | Washington Post
The pet suffered critical injuries and was later euthanized.Two Prince George’s County police officers suspended for shooting of dog | Clarence Williams | June 4, 2021 | Washington Post
It was time, we thought, and made the heart-wrenching decision to euthanize her.How at-home euthanasia can provide comfort to pets and owners | Kathryn Streeter | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Owners might blame themselves for not realizing sooner that their pet was sick, she added, or for knowing they were sick but waiting too long to euthanize.Coping with a pet’s accidental death — especially when you blame yourself | Gavin Jenkins | April 23, 2021 | Washington Post
British Dictionary definitions for euthanize
(tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
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