Meaning of euthanize in English:


Pronunciation /ˈjuːθənʌɪz/


(also British euthanise)
[with object]North American
  • Put (an animal) to death humanely.

    ‘older dogs may find loving homes instead of being euthanized’
    • ‘A young, arrogant veterinarian unable to concentrate on the needs of animals hastily euthanizes an ill horse.’
    • ‘This story is about this woman who worked for the humane society and euthanized a stray cat.’
    • ‘In the United States, critically injured racehorses are humanely euthanized by lethal injection.’
    • ‘Sodium pentobarbital is used to euthanize dogs and cats in animal shelters.’
    • ‘Early on, they had been testing every cat for feline leukemia virus and feline immunodeficiency virus, then euthanizing any cat with a positive result.’
    • ‘Rats were then euthanized with pentobarbital overdose.’
    • ‘None of the horses were euthanized after the accident.’
    • ‘After going unclaimed for ten days, the dog was euthanized.’
    • ‘Two Frederick County, Maryland, horses were euthanized recently after displaying symptoms of the disease.’
    • ‘Two horses were euthanized at Bay Meadows earlier this week apparently after contracting equine rhino tracheitis virus.’
    • ‘Statistics reveal that in the US almost 8 million dogs and cats are euthanized annually because there are no homes for them.’
    • ‘These dogs are either euthanized or the leg is wrapped and allowed to heal unset.’
    • ‘Subsequently, the rabbits were euthanized and the corneas harvested for microscopic examination.’
    • ‘After having consulted with several equine veterinarians and a human oncologist, the decision was reluctantly made to euthanize the horse.’
    • ‘The colt was so ill, the owner's insurance carrier agreed to pay off on a $200,000 policy if the decision was made to euthanize the horse.’
    • ‘Authorities impound and euthanize his pet tarantula.’
    • ‘Restorationists want to cut trees and euthanize deer.’
    • ‘Some, she says, grapple with the difficult question of whether it would be kinder to euthanize a pet than ask it to go on under such difficult circumstances.’
    • ‘More dogs were euthanised in Ireland than in England over the same period.’
    • ‘It is not the worst thing in the world for an animal to be humanely euthanized.’
    destroy, put to sleep, put out of its misery, put to death, kill


1970s formed irregularly from euthanasia+ -ize.