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put to sleep

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  1. put to sleepverb

    help someone go to bed

    "Mother put the baby to sleep"

  2. put away, put to sleepverb

    kill gently, as with an injection

    "the cat was very ill and we had to put it to sleep"


  1. put to sleepverb

    To cause (someone) to sleep.

  2. put to sleepverb

    To help (someone) to bed.

  3. put to sleepverb

    To render dormant.

  4. put to sleepverb

    To kill an animal painlessly, often with an injection; to euthanize.

  5. put to sleepverb

    To give a general anesthetic prior to surgery.


  1. put to sleep

    "Put to sleep" is a phrase with multiple meanings. 1) It is commonly used to refer to the process of helping someone, often a child, to fall asleep, frequently by means of a specific routine or method. 2) In medical context, it refers to inducing a person or an animal into a state of unconsciousness through the use of anesthesia, typically before surgery. 3) In a veterinary context, it refers to the act of humanely euthanizing an animal, often due to an illness or injury from which recovery isn't possible.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of put to sleep in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of put to sleep in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of put to sleep in a Sentence

  1. Jill Bannik-Brecht:

    I used to work for a high-kill animal shelter, and I knew what happened to the old dogs when they came in. I remember one dog who animal control literally picked up from the side of his dead owner’s body, and he didn’t even have an opportunity to be adopted. He was put to sleep because we didn’t have space.

  2. Anthony Bove:

    My father feels terrible that the dogs are probably going to be put to sleep, the pit bull is not an inherently evil dog. But ... these pit bulls might have been trained as guard or attack dogs. He remembers the dogs licking his blood off the ground. They wanted to finish the job. That's very disturbing to him.

  3. Bess Jensen:

    They know each one of us. When I pick them up, they know my voice and they know my feel. They just snuggle in and we rock, i usually put them to sleep -- if the nurses need a baby put to sleep they bring them to me.

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