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[yoo-thuh-nahyz] /ˈyu θəˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), euthanized, euthanizing.
to subject to euthanasia:
to euthanize injured animals.
Also, euthanatize
[yoo-than-uh-tahyz] /yuˈθæn əˌtaɪz/ (Show IPA).
especially British, euthanise, euthanatise.
Origin of euthanize
1960-65; euthan(asia) + -ize Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for euthanized
  • It had not yet been determined whether he would be euthanized.
  • Such bears, which live too close to people, are usually euthanized.
  • Another got caught in a fence and injured itself so badly it had to be euthanized.
  • They were euthanized humanely under strict government regulations.
  • She was euthanized after developing a lung infection common to sheep but usually found in older animals.
  • These are animals that are pulled from the pound and would certainly be euthanized otherwise.
  • Unfortunately, people do this all the time and the dogs are chained up, in shelters or are euthanized.
  • It was the bear's second offense, and it was tracked down, trapped and euthanized.
  • Ford euthanized that revamped model and skipped ahead to next year.
  • Six horses were too sick to recover and were euthanized.
British Dictionary definitions for euthanized


(transitive) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Word Origin
C20: back formation from euthanasia
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Word Origin and History for euthanized



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

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