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Latin hospitatus.


hospitate (third-person singular simple present hospitates, present participle hospitating, simple past and past participle hospitated)

  1. (obsolete, transitive, intransitive) To receive with hospitality; to provide lodging to a guest.
    • 1899, Marion Harland, Bits of Common Sense Series, page 5:
      In these days people do not hospitate, but, when forced to invite 5 acquaintances into their houses they entertain them, as many as possible, at crowded receptions and teas.
    • 1909, Gerolamo Emilio Gerini, Researches on Ptolemy's Geography of Eastern Asia, page 595:
      The truthfulness of the above description appealed before this to a Portuguese gentleman alluded to by Ramusio as well acquainted with the Malay Peninsula and Archipelago , who had no hesitation in identifying as Sumatra the happy island that had hospitated Iambulus .
    • 1941, United states Congress, Congressional Record, page A-5679:
      Our duty is that of assisting in every licit way the Nation which has hospitated and does hospitate yet many of our origin; the country where we have passed the best years of our life;
    • 1970, Frederick George Emmison, Elizabethan Life - Issue 63, page 220:
      Two years later it was found that a Shenfield butcher, apparently unlicensed, 'doth daily hospitate and succour vagabonds and idle persons and suffer them to play at cards in his house'.
    • 2009, James L. Gritter, Hospitious Adoption, page 177:
      Our task as social workers was to push the institutional boundaries back a little so these good-hearted folks had room to hospitate.
  2. (obsolete, intransitive) To receive hospitality; to be a guest.
    • 1681, Nehemiah Grew, Musaeum Regalis Societatis, or, A catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society and preserved at Gresham Colledge
      That always chooses an empty shell, this hospitates with the living Animal in the same ſhell
    • 1775, Layman, Strictures, Miscellaneous and Comparative, on the Churches of Rome, England, and Scotland, page 220:
      She only hereby evinces her ambodexteral address, by first presenting baskets of the finest flowers, and most delicious fruits, too charming, to exquisite to be refused; and then holding forth, half-concealed, only the PICTURE of a snake, which in is living form is wont to hospitate in deceitful ambush beneath these very flowers, these very fruits.
    • 1851, Martha Martell, Second Love, page 284:
      “I presume, sir, you cannot excogitate any reason why I should not become the vocal organ of this company's social devotions, while we hospitate together.
    • 1912, Memorials of Deceased Companions of the Commandery of the State of Illinois, page 319:
      Anxious, however, to advance his scientific knowledge as much as was in his power he at once proceeded to Germany to hospitate in the department of medical and surgical science at the Berlin Academy.
    • 2011, Michael Groneberg, ‎Christian Funke, Combatting Homophobia, page 55:
      Everyone who is interested is first obliged to hospitate with skilful volunteers at school. The selection is then based on the appreciation by other volunteers and especially by the team leaders of the local projects.


hospitate (plural hospitates)

  1. A building or set of buildings for housing non-paying guests or the sick, especially those connected to a monastery.
    • 1868, Archaeologia Cantiana - Volume 7, page 14:
      The Hospitate buildings of a monastery were erected in different parts of the convent ground, according to the profession or quality of the guests.
    • 1893, Report of the Proceedings at the Fifth Annual Meeting of the American Economic Association, page 106:
      Of these different classes of receipts all, except those from "troncs, quêtes et collectes,” are enjoyed by the hospitates and asylums as well by the bureaux de bienfaisance.
    • 1897, W. H. St. John Hope, “Notes on the Benedicctine Abbey of St, Peter at Gloucester”, in The Archaeological Journal, volume 54, page 97:
      Having now described the purely monastic buildings round the great cloister, for the abbot's lodging on the west side properly belongs to the hospitate buildings , with which it will be described , we will pass to the examination of the cloister itself.
    • 1912, David Herbert Somerset Cranage, An Architectural Account of the Churches of Shropshire, page 867:
      This contained the granary, with an upper doorway, and also, to judge from old drawings, the main hospitate range.
    • 1947, Transactions - Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, page 43:
      Some of the hospitate buildings of the abbey were rebuilt in the 14th century, but in the 15th the more profitable plan was adopted of providing inns.
  2. A non-paying guest.
    • 1892, Annual Report of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations, page 473:
      On motion of Julius Freiberg, Esq., it was ordered that the resolution of this Board passed June 3, 1877, relative to the admission of Moritz Sachs, as an indigent student of this College, be rescinded, he not having passed an examination to become a pupil of the high-school, though to remain a hospitate of this Board for one month .


hospitate (comparative more hospitate, superlative most hospitate)

  1. Hospitable.
    • 1969, United States. Congress. House. Committee on Education, Hearings, page 237:
      Educational institutions worthy of the name must be hospitate to the nonconformist and must protect the unpopular.
    • 1978, Missouri Conservationist - Volumes 39-40, page 18:
      The chert Osage glades are not hospitate and few animals live on them




  1. second-person plural present active imperative of hospitō