Meaning of “hospital” in the English Dictionary

"hospital" in British English

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hospitalnoun [ C or U ]

uk /ˈhɒs.pɪ.təl/ us /ˈhɑː.spɪ.t̬əl/

A1 a place where people who are ill or injured are treated and taken care of by doctors and nurses:

a general/children's/maternity hospital
hospital patients/staff
UK I've got to go (in)to hospital (US to the hospital) to have an operation.
UK She spent a week in hospital (US in the hospital) last year.

More examples

  • He is critically ill in hospital.
  • I would much rather have my baby at home than in hospital.
  • He worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital.
  • The injured were taken to several nearby hospitals.
  • The hospital is carrying out tests to find out what's wrong with her.

(Definition of “hospital” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hospital" in American English

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hospitalnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈhɑsˌpɪ·t̬əl/

a place where people who are very ill or injured are treated by doctors and nurses:

[ U ] She spent a week in the hospital last year.
hospitalization
noun [ U ] us /ˌhɑsˌpɪ·t̬əl·əˈzeɪ·ʃən/

(Definition of “hospital” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)