compartmentalize

verb com·part·men·tal·ize \ kəm-ˌpärt-ˈmen-tə-ˌlīz , ˌkäm- \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of compartmentalize

compartmentalized; compartmentalizing
transitive verb
: to separate into isolated compartments or categories

compartmentalization

play \kəm-ˌpärt-ˌmen-tə-lə-ˈzā-shən, ˌkäm-\ 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.

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First Known Use of compartmentalize

1925


COMPARTMENTALIZE Defined for English Language Learners

compartmentalize

verb

Definition of compartmentalize for English Language Learners

  • : 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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