An example of euthanize is to put a dog to sleep.
Origin of euthanize; from euthanasia + -ize
transitive verbeu·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
Origin of euthanizeeuthan(asia) + –ize.
(third-person singular simple present euthanizes, present participle euthanizing, simple past and past participle euthanized)
- To submit (a person or animal) to euthanasia.
- John decided to euthanize his dying cat.
Back-formation from euthanasia. 1970s.