hos·pi·tal·ize | \ ˈhä-(ˌ)spi-tə-ˌlīz \
hospitalized; hospitalizing

Definition of hospitalize 

transitive verb

: to place in a hospital as a patient

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hospitalization \ˌhä-(ˌ)spi-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən \ 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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According to several news reports, Cordon is the victim who was hospitalized. Michael Mccann,, "Potential Legal Ramifications of the Disturbing Accusations Against LeSean McCoy," 11 July 2018 Anmar Lafta, who is related to five victims, said the conditions of the four who are still hospitalized have changed little. Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A slain girl's mother wanted a garden for her daughter, so Boise firefighters got to work," 6 July 2018 But everything about being a child hospitalized with a life-threatening illness is, among many other more horrible things, weird. Andy Newman, New York Times, "Live, From the Children’s Ward," 29 June 2018 The Harris County Sheriff's Office sergeant who was hospitalized from the flier has been released from care. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Things to know about 'targeted individuals', one of the internet's most wild conspiracies," 28 June 2018 Leiva, who was hospitalized for a laceration suspected to be self-inflicted, is being held in lieu of a $2 million bond and has not appeared in court, the sheriff said. Jeff Truesdell,, "Homophobia May Not Have Motivated Killing of 10-Year-Old Who Said He 'Liked Boys': Sheriff," 28 June 2018 Others will test to see if the drug benefits people who are hospitalized with severe influenza infections. Helen Branswell, STAT, "A flu drug — shown to reduce the duration of symptoms — could upend treatment in U.S.," 27 June 2018 The searcher, who was hospitalized with what police described as serious injuries to his leg, wasn't immediately identified. Anchorage Daily News, "A brown bear killed a hiker in Eagle River. A man searching for him was mauled.," 21 June 2018 In 2013, the county had the highest rate of children and teens who were hospitalized for self-injury compared with neighboring counties and a rate higher than the state average: 54 per 100,000 people ages 5 to 20. Sarah Ravani,, "San Mateo County schools step up suicide prevention efforts," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of hospitalize

circa 1899, in the meaning defined above

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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 \
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, häs-ˈpit-ᵊl-ˌīz \
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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