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Borrowed from Late Latin hospitāre (or hospitor, hospitārī), from Latin hospes. First attested 19th century[1].


  • IPA(key): /o.spiˈta.re/
  • Rhymes: -are
  • Hyphenation: o‧spi‧tà‧re


ospitàre (first-person singular present òspito, first-person singular past historic ospitài, past participle ospitàto, auxiliary avére) (transitive)

  1. to put up or accommodate someone
  2. (of a nation) to shelter (refugees, emigrants, etc.)
  3. to house
    il liceo ospita tante opere d'arte
    the high school houses many artworks
  4. to include a writing (in a journal, newspaper, etc.)
    la rivista mi disse che ospitasse il mio tema
    the review (journal) told me that it would include my thesis (essay) (in its issue)
  5. to bring a guest (to a TV show, meeting, etc.)
    nel convegno dei diritti civili abbiamo ospitato un'attivista
    in the civil rights meeting, we brought on an activist
  6. (of a public place) to be able to hold (a carrying capacity)
    questo studio ospita 50 persone
    this studio can hold up to 50 people
  7. (sports) to play at home to a visiting sports team
  8. (biology) to be the host (to a parasite)
    la pianta ospita un parassita
    the plant is hosting a parasite



Related terms[edit]


  1. ^ ospitare in sapere.it – De Agostini Editore