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 hospitalization (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.

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Luke Perry, star of Riverdale, was hospitalized on Wednesday after suffering a stroke in his LA home. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, ""Riverdale" Cast Sends Well Wishes to Luke Perry After His Stroke and Hospitalization," 1 Mar. 2019 Now, patriarch Billy Brown was briefly hospitalized after a health scare. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "‘Alaskan Bush People’ Star Billy Brown Was Hospitalized After a Health Scare," 21 Oct. 2018 Another top running back recruit, Derrian Brown, was hospitalized in Georgia in January with an undisclosed medical issue. Jim Vertuno, The Seattle Times, "After 10-4 finish, Longhorns have to plug up defense," 13 Apr. 2019 Dunne is currently hospitalized for an undisclosed reason, but the morning show paid her a visit to present her with an official letter from both Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Surprised His Biggest Fan on Her 99th Birthday," 29 Mar. 2019 Two more fathers of students were also hospitalized due to gunshots from the shootings. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "16-Year-Old Syrian Refugee Hamza Mustafa Was One of the First Christchurch Victims Laid to Rest," 20 Mar. 2019 People were quite literally fainting and vomiting, and 20 people were ultimately hospitalized. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "How to Stream '90210' Right Now for a Dose of Nostalgia," 4 Mar. 2019 Shortly thereafter, around October 10 of last year, Selena was hospitalized for reportedly having a mental breakdown. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Breaks Her Silence To Thank Fans on Instagram After Year Of "Challenges"," 14 Jan. 2019 On how his mother's death affected his weight: In 2011, Al's mother was hospitalized, which caused him to slip back into his old habits. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Show Host Al Roker's Weight-Loss Journey in His Own Words," 26 Nov. 2018

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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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The first known use of hospitalize was circa 1899

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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 hospitalise (audio) , häs-​ˈpit-​ᵊl-​ˌīz How to pronounce hospitalise (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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a strong desire or propensity

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