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

Origin of hospitalize

First recorded in 1900–05; hospital + -ize
  • Also especially British, hos·pi·tal·ise .

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

Words Nearby hospitalize Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use hospitalize in a sentence

  • That should put enough stress on his nervous system to hospitalize him, at least.

    The Dueling Machine | Benjamin William Bova

British Dictionary definitions for hospitalize



/ (ˈhɒspɪtəˌlaɪz) /

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

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