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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The 2017-2018 flu season was particularly terrible: 710,000 people were hospitalized, and the CDC estimates that more than 80,000 died, some of which were considered typical at-risk demographics, like elderly persons. Lindsey Vehlewald, SELF, "We Never Got Flu Shots. Then the Flu Almost Killed My Husband," 9 Nov. 2018 She was first hospitalized when her white blood cell count became increasingly low, and was readmitted a few days later for the same issue, which can be common for those with active Lupus symptoms. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Selena Gomez Enters a Mental Health Facility for Anxiety and Depression," 11 Oct. 2018 Severin was hospitalized and released to live with his uncle. Devin Tomb, Good Housekeeping, "“At 54, I Don’t Feel As Hopeful”: The Untold Story of Suicide in the U.S.," 21 Sep. 2018 They were both hospitalized, but survived and continue to recover. Madeleine Ngo, Vox, "A top Republican rebuked Trump for missing his deadline to hit Russia with sanctions," 26 July 2018 The boys and coach have been hospitalized and quarantined for fears of infection. Billy Kobin, Indianapolis Star, "Hoosier cave diving experts: 'Never heard of anything' like Thailand rescue," 12 July 2018 All are hospitalized and will remain so for several more days. John Bacon, ajc, "WATCH: Video shows rescued Thai soccer players flashing victory sign from hospital beds," 12 July 2018 The mother and grandmother were hospitalized, and information about their conditions was not immediately available. NBC News, "Mississippi man stabs relatives in federal office — shot dead by security guard," 9 July 2018 The driver of the motorcycle, Mauro Apostoli, 49, of West Chicago, was hospitalized for his injuries and charged with DUI. Staff Report, Naperville Sun, "Aurora man, teen killed in motorcycle-car crash, Naperville police say," 2 July 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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