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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Two people have died from the infection, and 175 people have been hospitalized. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "Don't kiss your chickens, the CDC says. Please don't," 14 Sep. 2019 Starlard was hospitalized, placed on life support and died on Dec. 3, weeks after the beating. Pauline Repard, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Guilty plea in beating death of man near Petco Park," 13 Sep. 2019 Two male victims were hospitalized Tuesday after they were shot on the Interstate 264 West ramp at Poplar Level Road, according to Louisville police. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Shooting on I-264 West ramp leaves 2 wounded, Louisville police say," 10 Sep. 2019 At least five other children were in moderate condition and also hospitalized. NBC News, "School bus driver dead, at least 7 children injured in Mississippi rollover," 10 Sep. 2019 The unidentified patient was hospitalized with symptoms that progressed rapidly. CBS News, "Yet another state reports a death linked to vaping," 10 Sep. 2019 Of the 1,234 cases in 2019 so far, 125 of those who contracted measles were hospitalized, per the CDC, while 65 reported complications like pneumonia or encephalitis (aka, inflammation of the brain). Amanda Macmillan,, "So There's a Measles Outbreak Near You. How Worried Should You Be?," 5 Sep. 2019 Six people in Michigan have been hospitalized, according to the MDHHS, and one person in Illinois has died of the illness. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "Vaping shops will lose in Michigan's e-cigarette ban, but is public health worth it?," 4 Sep. 2019 Freeze remains hospitalized with complications from back surgery.(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times) But that alone wasn’t enough for the Rebels to part with Freeze, who with back-to-back seasons ranked as high as No. Los Angeles Times, "Look out Notre Dame, the Falwells have big plans for Liberty football," 27 Aug. 2019

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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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