What does euthanize mean?

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  1. (transitive) To carry out euthanasia on (a person or animal).
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We made arrangements to pay a local veterinarian to euthanize those animals by painless injection.
Sodium pentobarbital is used to euthanize dogs and cats in animal shelters.
Lewis had terrorized Cisero's neighborhood for years, and when his antics led to a criminal charge, Cisero chose to go to court rather than euthanize or declaw him.
Some, she says, grapple with the difficult question of whether it would be kinder to euthanize a pet than ask it to go on under such difficult circumstances.
Animal shelters, dog pounds, rescue foundations are all forced to humanely euthanize animals simply because no homes are available.
After having consulted with several equine veterinarians and a human oncologist, the decision was reluctantly made to euthanize the horse.

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