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noun [countable] hospital pronunciation in American English /ˈhɑspɪt(ə)l/
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  1. a place where people stay when they are sick or injured and need a lot of care from doctors and nurses
    in the hospital:

    He spent a week in the hospital with food poisoning.

    be admitted to the hospital:

    She became ill on Friday and was admitted to the hospital the next day.

    be rushed to the hospital:

    Victims were immediately rushed to the hospital.

    go to/into the hospital:

    He went into the hospital last week for a heart operation.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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