hos·​pi·​tal·​ize | \ ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce hospitalize (audio) \
hospitalized; hospitalizing

Definition of hospitalize

transitive verb

: to place in a hospital as a patient

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Other Words from hospitalize

hospitalization \ ˌhä-​(ˌ)spi-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce hospitalize (audio) \ noun

Examples of hospitalize in a Sentence

The doctor wants to hospitalize her for a few days so that he can run some tests.
Recent Examples on the Web Dillaha said the decision by a doctor to hospitalize a covid-19 patient is based on the severity of symptoms. Lara Farrar, Arkansas Online, "Virus hospitalizations rise; new cases dip," 10 Nov. 2020 Failing to hospitalize a medically acute Black pregnant woman is not only negligent. Rupinder Kaur Legha, Scientific American, "Teaching Antiracism to the Next Generation of Doctors," 21 Oct. 2020 The degree of urgency and necessity behind the decision to hospitalize Trump remains unclear, and the order of events is shifting. James Hamblin, The Atlantic, "The President Is Not Well," 3 Oct. 2020 Grimaldi said a series of tests conducted on Friday revealed low white blood cell and lymphocyte counts as well as other factors indicating the virus was present and active and a decision was made to hospitalize her. Peter Mikelbank,, "Prince Albert's Daughter Speaks Out After Being Hospitalized for Worsening COVID-19 Symptoms," 19 Aug. 2020 As of June, the unemployment rate in 20 states was above ten percent while the virus continues to hospitalize and kill a rising number of people in this country. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "“Family Life Coaches,” Private Jets, and the One Percent’s Pandemic Economy," 6 Aug. 2020 Sadygaliyeva said her team worked all night on July 22 to hospitalize six people. Daria Litvinova, Star Tribune, "Volunteers came to the rescue as virus raged in Kyrgyzstan," 28 July 2020 The state also reported Friday that an additional 46 people have been hospitalize with the virus, bringing the total to 8,084. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Ohio reports 1,091 new coronavirus cases: Friday’s update," 3 July 2020 Members of a family, who did not want to be identified for fear of being stigmatized, spent a night in an ambulance after three private hospitals refused to hospitalize their elderly diabetic mother who had a fever and bouts of shivering. Time, "Bodies Are Being Left in Hospital Beds in Mumbai as Coronavirus Overwhelms India’s Financial Capital," 1 June 2020

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First Known Use of hospitalize

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hospitalize

hospital + -ize

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“Hospitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of hospitalize

: to place (someone) in a hospital for care or treatment


hos·​pi·​tal·​ize | \ ˈhä-ˌspi-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce hospitalize (audio) \
hospitalized; hospitalizing

Kids Definition of hospitalize

: to place in a hospital for care and treatment

Other Words from hospitalize

hospitalization \ ˌhä-​ˌspi-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən \ noun


transitive verb
variants: or chiefly British hospitalise \ ˈhäs-​(ˌ)pit-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce hospitalize (audio) , häs-​ˈpit-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce hospitalize (audio) \
hospitalized or chiefly British hospitalised; hospitalizing or chiefly British hospitalising

Medical Definition of hospitalize

: to place in a hospital as a patient the child was hospitalized at once for diagnosis and treatmentJournal of the American Medical Association

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