[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt-]
- to divide into categories or compartments.
Also especially British, com·part·men·tal·ise.
Origin of compartmentalize
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Related Words for compartmentalizeinsulate, sort, interval, group, space, seclude, island, distribute, winnow, sequester, assign, sift, comb, discriminate, compartment, intervene, order, classify, compartmentalize
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Contemporary Examples of compartmentalize
I feel less—or at least differently—divided, almost forced not to compartmentalize.All the Arguments Are Jewish
April 12, 2012
- (usually tr) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree
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Word Origin and History for compartmentalize
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