hospitalize

[ hos-pi-tl-ahyz ]
/ ˈhɒs pɪ tlˌaɪz /

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.

Nearby words

  1. hospitalist,
  2. hospitality,
  3. hospitality suite,
  4. hospitalization,
  5. hospitalization insurance,
  6. hospitaller,
  7. hospitalman,
  8. hospitia,
  9. hospitium,
  10. hospodar

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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Examples from the Web for hospitalize

  • 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

hospitalize

hospitalise

/ (ˈhɒspɪtəˌlaɪz) /

verb

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

hospitalize

v.

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

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