Definition of hospital in English:



  • 1An institution providing medical and surgical treatment and nursing care for sick or injured people.

    • ‘The injured were still undergoing intensive care at two hospitals in the city.’
    • ‘There are four hospitals and five medical clinics in Kuta and the nearby Balinese capital of Denpasar.’
    • ‘Four hospitals provide emergency care in the cities of Manchester and Salford.’
    • ‘Comparatively little is known about the prevalence of medical error outside hospitals.’
    • ‘My doctor has referred me to the eye clinic at the local hospital for surgical treatment.’
    • ‘After a long period of treatment in three hospitals he convalesced in Richmond Park.’
    • ‘They thus become nursing homes rather than hospitals, so that many patients cannot be safely discharged to them.’
    • ‘Seven other people were injured and admitted to nearby hospitals for treatment.’
    • ‘The emphasis of government health care policy is to move care away from hospitals into the community.’
    • ‘The money raised has been used to fund care teams based at all major cancer treatment hospitals in the UK.’
    • ‘The situation in relation to MRSA in nursing homes and hospitals is still under control, however.’
    • ‘Neath is a smaller hospital with a busy medical intake but no acute surgical services.’
    • ‘For adult critical care, star ratings do not reflect the quality of clinical care provided by hospitals.’
    • ‘However, trying to get this information from primary care trusts or hospitals is very difficult.’
    • ‘The medical wards of hospitals admit the oldest and sickest people in our community.’
    • ‘Not all hospitals and healthcare facilities offer palliative care services.’
    • ‘She had been given three weeks of antiretroviral treatment by the hospital in Bergen.’
    • ‘It gets harder to manage your medication, so people end up in managed care and hospitals.’
    • ‘The data is converted to rates that measure how well the hospitals care for their patients.’
    • ‘Evidence also exists that the quality of such care in hospitals and general practices is inadequate.’
    medical institution, medical centre, health centre, clinic, infirmary, sanatorium, nursing home, convalescent home, hospice
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  • 2historical A hospice, especially one run by the Knights Hospitaller.

  • 3British in names A charitable institution for the education of the young.


Middle English (in hospital (sense 2)): via Old French from medieval Latin hospitale, neuter of Latin hospitalis ‘hospitable’, from hospes, hospit- (see host).