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Definition of euthanize verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



euthanize somebody/something (formal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they euthanize
he / she / it euthanizes
past simple euthanized
-ing form euthanizing
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to kill a sick or injured animal or person by giving them drugs so that they die without pain They decided to euthanize those whales that were too ill to return to the ocean. A decision was made to euthanize the cloned sheep. synonym put something to sleep
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