Definition of hospital
1 : a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2 : an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care —usually used in British English without an article after a preposition
3 : a repair shop for specified small objects a clock hospital
Recent Examples of hospital from the Web
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The hospital, doctors and clinics have adamantly denied the claims.
Caruana applied a neural network to a data set of symptoms and outcomes provided by 78 hospitals.
Dina said several people were injured in the crash and taken to hospitals.
When Bush's chief of staff and counsel attempted to have the attorney general, John Ashcroft, reauthorize an illegal domestic surveillance program from his hospital bed, Ashcroft, Comey, Mueller, and their aides planned a mass resignation.
The man was taken to the hospital, but was then airlifted to a burn center.
Both Zegers and the victim were taken to a hospital, treated and released.
Miraculously, Tony survived, despite incredible loss of blood and nearly dying en route to the hospital.
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Origin and Etymology of hospital
Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin hospitale hospice, guest house, from neuter of Latin hospitalis of a guest, from hospit-, hospes
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
HOSPITAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of hospital for English Language Learners
: a place where sick or injured people are given care or treatment and where children are often born
HOSPITAL Defined for Kids
Definition of hospital for Students
: a place where the sick and injured are given medical care
Medical Definition of hospital
1: a charitable institution for the needy, aged, infirm, or young
2a: an institution where the sick or injured are given medical or surgical care—when used in British English following a preposition, the article is usually omitted came and saw me in hospital—Robert Gravesb: a place for the care and treatment of sick and injured animals
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