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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.
Also, especially British, hospitalise.
Origin of hospitalize
1900-05; hospital + -ize
Related forms
rehospitalize, verb (used with object), rehospitalized, rehospitalizing.
unhospitalized, adjective Unabridged
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  • She was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries and now faces robbery charges.
  • Dozens of workers have been poisoned and hospitalized, some can't even walk.
  • The known side effects of the meds are causing these kids to be hospitalized.
  • Multiple antidepressants didn't help, and she had to be hospitalized.
  • If one is hospitalized and takes unfamiliar medications as administered by a caregiver, one might be given a placebo.
  • Both drivers are hospitalized in critical condition.
  • They only looked at children who were hospitalized with the flu, not everyone who was vaccinated.
  • In her sophomore year, she suffered a psychotic break and had to be hospitalized and to withdraw from college.
  • She was hospitalized for exhaustion earlier in the week.
  • Tells how he could not adjust to the sighted world, and eventually had to be hospitalized.
British Dictionary definitions for hospitalized


(transitive) to admit or send (a person) into a hospital
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Word Origin and History for hospitalized



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

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