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

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 At the very least, Hong Kong has abandoned its effort to hospitalize every COVID case. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 18 Feb. 2022 Flu viruses hospitalize tens of thousands of Americans annually; bolder test-and-treat protocols would almost certainly shave some cases off that toll. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Mar. 2022 Maryland’s General Assembly continues to have altered protocols as the coronavirus continues to infect, sicken and hospitalize Marylanders. Pamela Wood,, 31 Jan. 2022 Currently, Japan draws on 450 or so public health centers to contact trace and hospitalize people with the virus. Kanoko Matsuyama, Fortune, 20 Jan. 2022 People always knew a bad case of the flu could hospitalize or even kill them. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, 15 Nov. 2021 And while vulnerable people are at higher risk for both flu and COVID-19, the latter is more likely to kill or hospitalize a healthy person. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, 9 Sep. 2021 Meantime, the average cost to hospitalize a Medicare beneficiary with Covid-19 is $21,752 over an average stay of 9.2 days, according to research published in August in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Deidre Mcphillips, Amanda Sealy And Dakin Andone, CNN, 9 Sep. 2021 Critical care beds are fully utilized, though the hospital has capacity to hospitalize additional patients, according to spokeswoman. al, 11 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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3 Apr 2022

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“Hospitalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for hospitalize


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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