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

Definition of compartmentalize

transitive verb

: to separate into isolated compartments or categories

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compartmentalization \ kəm-​ˌpärt-​ˌmen-​tə-​lə-​ˈzā-​shən How to pronounce compartmentalize (audio) , ˌkäm-​ \ 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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First Known Use of compartmentalize

1925, in the meaning defined above

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“Compartmentalize.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of compartmentalize

somewhat formal
: 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


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