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[hos-pi-tl-ahyz] /ˈhɒs pɪ tlˌaɪz/
verb (used with object), hospitalized, hospitalizing.
to place in a hospital for medical care or observation:
The doctor hospitalized grandfather as soon as she checked his heart.
Origin of hospitalize
1900-05; hospital + -ize
Related forms
rehospitalize, verb (used with object), rehospitalized, rehospitalizing.
unhospitalized, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for hospitalize
  • Standard procedure is to hospitalize you while anti-coagulants are administered.
  • Nursing homes generally respect residents' do-not-hospitalize orders, but not always.
  • Nursing facility compliance with do-not-hospitalize orders.
  • It is against the law to hospitalize or threaten hospitalization solely because you will not comply with suggested treatment.
British Dictionary definitions for hospitalize


(transitive) 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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