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Definition of "hospital" []

  • An institution that provides medical, surgical, or psychiatric care and treatment for the sick or the injured. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A charitable institution, such as an orphanage or a home for the elderly. (noun)
  • A repair shop for specified items: a doll hospital. (noun)
  • Archaic A hospice for travelers or pilgrims. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "hospital" in a sentence
  • "It is often met with in those who are much exposed to air contaminated with organisms -- for example, patients who have been long in hospital, or the resident staff of hospitals (_septic_ or _hospital throat_), and particularly in persons of a "rheumatic" tendency."
  • "Joe: OH NO!! we got to get him to the hospital right now! (pick up nick and carries him to the car and the girls follow) * they rush to the hospital*"
  • "+hospital+ (7 in plan), having a frontage of 192 yards, built in the last century on the site of the hospital of St. Martha, founded in 1354."