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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The driver of the car was taken to an area hospital in critical condition, while the passenger was hospitalized in serious condition, police said. Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "4 injured when car crashes into Fort Worth pizza restaurant," 9 July 2019 Gordon said all but one of those hospitalized have been released from treatment as of Tuesday. Lisa J. Huriash,, "Someone should pay for Plantation explosion, lawyer says," 9 July 2019 Edwards was pronounced dead on the scene at 2:09 a.m. The driver of the Jeep was hospitalized in critical condition. Carol Robinson |,, "3 killed in separate Jefferson County crashes over the holiday weekend," 8 July 2019 McIntyre was hurt in the crash and was hospitalized at MetroHealth. Cory Shaffer,, "Cleveland man charged in fatal Detroit-Shoreway head-on crash was speeding in sister’s Jeep, records say," 8 July 2019 The opening run of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, on Sunday left at least five people — including three runners who were gored — hospitalized, officials said. Fox News, "Running of the bulls leads to at least 5 gored on first day of Pamplona, Spain, festival," 8 July 2019 All lanes were reopened by 2:45 p.m. A person was also hospitalized as a result of the crash, the CHP said. Alex Wigglesworth,, "Woman struck and killed on 5 Freeway in Arleta," 6 July 2019 Police are asking for the public's help in finding a person of interest in a Saturday morning stabbing in northwest Houston that left a woman hospitalized. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Public's help sought in locating man in connection with NW Houston stabbing case," 6 July 2019 Both were hospitalized and listed Friday in stable condition, reports NBCChicago. Jeff Truesdell,, "2 Teens Stabbed, Dozen-Plus People Trampled in Chaotic 'Stampede' at Chicago Fireworks Display," 5 July 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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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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