[ hos-pi-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪ tlˌaɪz /
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verb (used with object), hos·pi·tal·ized, hos·pi·tal·iz·ing.
to place in a hospital for medical care or observation: The doctor hospitalized grandfather as soon as she checked his heart.
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Also especially British, hos·pi·tal·ise .

Origin of hospitalize

First recorded in 1900–05; hospital + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM hospitalize

re·hos·pi·tal·ize, verb (used with object), re·hos·pi·tal·ized, re·hos·pi·tal·iz·ing.un·hos·pi·tal·ized, adjective
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How to use hospitalize in a sentence

  • Older victims of norovirus infection—the Queen will turn 87 next month—are most often hospitalised to combat dehydration.

    Queen Leaves Hospital|Tom Sykes|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • Older victims of norovirus infection – the Queen is 86 - are most often hospitalised to combat dehydration.

    How Sick Is The Queen?|Tom Sykes|March 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
  • The news comes after the her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, was  hospitalised twice with a bladder infection last year.

    Queen Has Trots|Tom Sykes|March 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for hospitalize



/ (ˈhɒspɪtəˌlaɪz) /

(tr) to admit or send (a person) into a hospital
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