com·​part·​men·​tal·​ize kəm-ˌpärt-ˈmen-tə-ˌlīz How to pronounce compartmentalize (audio)
compartmentalized; compartmentalizing

transitive verb

: to separate into isolated compartments or categories
compartmentalization noun

Examples of compartmentalize in a Sentence

He compartmentalizes his life by keeping his job and his personal life separate. The company has compartmentalized its services.
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Word History

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of compartmentalize was in 1925

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“Compartmentalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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