Definition of hospitalize in US English:


(British hospitalise)


[with object]usually be hospitalized
  • Admit or cause (someone) to be admitted to hospital for treatment.

    ‘Casey was hospitalized for chest pains’
    • ‘He was finally hospitalized in order to be treated for his alcoholism.’
    • ‘One of my friends was hospitalized after an accident with a bouncing castle at the weekend.’
    • ‘She concluded Aliah was suicidal but did not hospitalize her, referring her instead to an emergency clinic for further evaluation.’
    • ‘In our experience, this approach usually leads to an agreement between the clinician and the patient on how to proceed - whether to warn the potential victim, modify the current treatment or hospitalize the patient.’
    • ‘I was hospitalized many times and put on bed rest for 6 months of the pregnancy.’
    • ‘She hit him numerous times and he was hospitalized, but did not press charges.’
    • ‘I was hospitalised but could not have the required treatment due to my stomach operation.’
    • ‘He was recently hospitalized for a month and had to wear an oxygen mask day and night.’
    • ‘Her son was killed, and she was hospitalized with several gunshot wounds in the chest and head.’
    • ‘If I start getting like that, someone please promise to hospitalize me somewhere pretty, OK?’
    • ‘As long as he was paying the bills, he could control her treatment, including the decision to hospitalize her, even when it was against her wishes and those of her family.’
    • ‘He was immediately hospitalized and doctors removed a cancerous growth.’
    • ‘He is still hospitalized, recovering from a tracheotomy and relapse of the flu.’
    • ‘It just so happens that these hospitalized young men are also cancer patients and amputees.’
    • ‘Many colleagues came to Taiyuan to visit him when they heard he was hospitalized.’
    • ‘One woman was hospitalized, and some of the others had to have wheelchairs to leave the resort.’
    • ‘Before he was taken to the quarantine center, he was hospitalized twice in Jakarta.’
    • ‘Four people were hospitalized for treatment, including one seriously injured prisoner.’
    • ‘There is no necessity to hospitalize the patient.’
    • ‘Thirteen persons were hospitalized for treatment of knife wounds and burns, including the priest.’
    disable, incapacitate, indispose, put out of action, lay up, cripple, paralyse, lame, put on the sick list
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