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.
Recent Examples on the Web The university says its police are investigating the circumstances but provided no further details about why the student was hospitalized., "SAN DIEGO — San Diego State University has suspended 14 fraternities following the death of a 19-year-old freshman.," 12 Nov. 2019 Hart was hospitalized after his car rolled into an embankment in Malibu Hills, Calif. As a passenger, Hart suffered major back injuries, as did the driver of the car. Rachel Yang,, "Kevin Hart makes first major appearance since car accident at People's Choice Awards," 11 Nov. 2019 Begun in 1921, the American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Program distributes red crepe-paper poppies, made by veterans, in exchange for donations to aid disabled and hospitalized veterans. Joy Wallace Dickinson,, "History of holidays reveals why we might confuse them," 10 Nov. 2019 John was hospitalized for unrelated reasons, and Susanne was visiting. Ivana Hrynkiw |, al, "Beauregard strong: Christmas celebration in Lee County filmed for Hallmark special," 10 Nov. 2019 Detectives were investigating a fiery crash Sunday that left the passenger dead and the driver hospitalized after a car smashed into a concrete pole. Susannah Bryan,, "Passenger killed, driver hospitalized after car hits pole, bursts into flames," 10 Nov. 2019 Phoenix police are investigating a domestic-violence incident Thursday that left a man hospitalized with a gunshot wound. Alexa Fuenmayor, azcentral, "Phoenix police: Man shot during domestic-violence incident," 7 Nov. 2019 The agency reported two Aloha parents being hospitalized last year after eating their kids’ gummy candy that deputies later determined was laced with methamphetamine. oregonlive, "Oregon mother reports finding pill mixed in with her child’s Halloween candy," 2 Nov. 2019 Hagan's death comes three years after she was diagnosed with Powassan virus in 2016, after being hospitalized with encephalitis (swelling of the brain). Maggie O'neill,, "Former North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan Has Died From Powassan Virus at Age 66," 28 Oct. 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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15 Nov 2019

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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 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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