euthanize

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Back-formation from euthanasia. 1970s.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈjuː.θən.ˌaɪz/

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euthanize ‎(third-person singular simple present euthanizes, present participle euthanizing, simple past and past participle euthanized)

  1. (transitive) To submit (a person or animal) to euthanasia.
    John decided to euthanize his dying cat.
    • 2016, Chandrika Narayan, First child dies by euthanasia in Belgium, CNN:
      A terminally ill minor has become the first child to be euthanized in Belgium since age restrictions were lifted in the country two years ago.

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