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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Other Words from hospitalize

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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In December, a canister of bear repellant was accidentally punctured in an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey, hospitalizing several employees. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Infant Girl Found Dead in Amazon Warehouse," 17 Jan. 2019 Demi was hospitalized in July for an apparent overdose; in October, her mom, Dianna De La Garza, told Maria Menounos that Demi had reached the 90-day sober mark. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Demi Lovato Reacts to Her 2019 Grammy Nomination," 7 Dec. 2018 One shipyard worker is missing, and four others were hospitalized—two of them in critical condition. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "Russia’s only aircraft carrier damaged as its floating dry dock sinks," 30 Oct. 2018 In July, news broke that Demi Lovato had been hospitalized for an apparent overdose. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Breaks Her Silence for the First Time Since Being Hospitalized," 5 Aug. 2018 This story originally appeared on July 24, 2018, at 4:25 p.m. Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized due to a heroin overdose. Emily Wang, Allure, "Demi Lovato Reportedly Rushed to Hospital After Apparent Heroin Overdose," 24 July 2018 Demi Lovato has reportedly been hospitalized in Los Angeles, authorities have confirmed to People. Vogue, "Demi Lovato Is Hospitalized After an Apparent Overdose," 24 July 2018 Denise, the former girlfriend of Willa’s adult son Sean, has been shot in the leg and is hospitalized. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Anne Tyler's latest novel evokes Hamilton. Here are possible real-life stand-ins for locations in 'Clock Dance'," 13 July 2018 Gorillaz collaborator rapper Del The Funky Homosapien is still hospitalized due to fractured ribs and damaged lungs from a July 7 stage fall during the group's set at Denmark's Roskilde Festival, according to Damon Albarn. Sam Tornow, Billboard, "Damon Albarn Reveals That Del the Funky Homosapien Fractured Ribs, Punctured Lungs in Stage Fall," 12 July 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 \
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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