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put to death painlessly or allow to die rather than to suffer from an incurable and painful condition: The vet had to euthanize my terminally ill cat.
Not to be confused with:
euphemize – to substitute a mild expression for one thought to be offensive: using to pass air instead of to fart


 (yo͞o′thə-nīz′) also eu·than·a·tize (yo͞o-thăn′ə-tīz′)
tr.v. eu·than·ized, eu·than·iz·ing, eu·than·iz·es also eu·than·a·tized or eu·than·a·tiz·ing or euthan·a·tiz·es
To subject to euthanasia.


(ˈjuːθəˌnaɪz) or




(ˈjuːθəˌneɪz) or


(Medicine) (tr) to kill (a person or animal) painlessly, esp to relieve suffering from an incurable illness
Also called: euthanatize
[C20: back formation from euthanasia]


(ˈyu θəˌnaɪz)

v.t. -nized, -niz•ing.
to subject to euthanasia.
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The only time the NSPCA euthanizes is when those dogs are too dangerous to adopt out, or when a dog is suffering and cannot be treated (if it can be, our vets take care of it).
No Kill Lane County asserts that Greenhill euthanizes too many dogs and cats and is generally negligent in its care of animals.
Critics of Greenhill, under the name No Kill Lane County, assert that Greenhill euthanizes too many animals and is negligent in its care of animals.