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compartmentalize

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verb com·part·men·tal·ize \kəm-ˌpärt-ˈmen-tə-ˌlīz, ˌkäm-\

Simple Definition of compartmentalize

  • : to separate (something) into sections or categories

  • : to separate (two or more things) from each other

  • : to put (something) in a place that is separate from other things

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of compartmentalize

compartmentalized

compartmentalizing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to separate into isolated compartments or categories

compartmentalization

play \-ˌmen-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən\ noun

Examples of compartmentalize in a sentence

  1. He compartmentalizes his life by keeping his job and his personal life separate.

  2. The company has compartmentalized its services.



1925

First Known Use of compartmentalize

1925


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