euthanize

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Back-formation from euthanasia; 1970s.

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

  1. (transitive) To carry out euthanasia on (a person or animal).
    John decided to euthanize his dying dog.
    • 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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