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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Other Words from compartmentalize

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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First Known Use of compartmentalize

1925, in the meaning defined above

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20 Nov 2019

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The first known use of compartmentalize was in 1925

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How to pronounce compartmentalize (audio)

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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