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 compartmentalization (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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While Jimmy has largely compartmentalized his complicated emotions about Chuck, Kim Wexler feels every last one of them. Kristen Baldwin,, "What the Emmy voters got right — and very, very wrong," 16 July 2019 Ailes has an easier time compartmentalizing his many lives. Elena Nicolaou,, "Where Is Zachary Ailes, Roger Ailes' Son, Now?," 15 July 2019 Fear of the Big One long ago was compartmentalized in a far corner of my mind but always has lurked there, making me a tad nervous. George Skelton,, "Afraid of the Big One? Consider Sacramento, which avoids the worst California quakes," 15 July 2019 Fear of the Big One long ago was compartmentalized in a far corner of my mind but always has lurked there, making me a tad nervous. George Skelton, The Mercury News, "Skelton: What’s the safest California city in an earthquake?," 15 July 2019 This team has always been very good at compartmentalizing. Alicia Delgallo, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT, U.S. Soccer agree to mediation in equal pay lawsuit," 23 June 2019 This team has always been good at compartmentalizing. Anne M. Peterson,, "U.S. Soccer, women's team tentatively agree to mediate gender discrimination lawsuit for equal pay," 22 June 2019 Given the number of ultra-modern hotel features that sit alongside period details, a stay at the hotel also requires compartmentalizing signifiers of the present. Daisy Alioto, Condé Nast Traveler, "What’s the Real Appeal of the TWA Hotel?," 14 June 2019 But climate change is a borderless issue, one that cannot be compartmentalized by lines drawn to distinguish state boundaries and section off land parcels for lease sales. Maia Wikler, Teen Vogue, "Activists Protest Bureau of Land Management Leasing That Allow Oil and Gas Drilling on Public Lands," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of compartmentalize

1925, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of compartmentalize was in 1925

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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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