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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.
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Also especially British, hos·pi·tal·ise.

Origin of hospitalize

First recorded in 1900–05; hospital + -ize
Related formsre·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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  • That should put enough stress on his nervous system to hospitalize him, at least.

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British Dictionary definitions for hospitalize



  1. (tr) to admit or send (a person) into a hospital
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Word Origin and History for hospitalize


1873, from hospital + -ize. "Freq[uently] commented on as an unhappy formation" [OED]. Related: hospitalized; hospitalizing.

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