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compartmentalize

[ kuhm-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt- ]
/ k蓹m p蓱rt藞m蓻n tl藢a瑟z, 藢k蓲m p蓱rt- /
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verb (used with object), com路part路men路tal路ized, com路part路men路tal路iz路ing.
to divide into separate and isolated categories, sections, areas, or compartments: Instead of compartmentalizing tasks, employees can be trained broadly.
Psychology. to mentally separate or set aside (one鈥檚 incompatible or negative emotions, beliefs, or behaviors): Ripley, a serial killer, has the capacity to compartmentalize his thoughts, push his conscience conveniently aside, in order to live with himself. Unfortunately, the experiences at work are not easily compartmentalized鈥攖hey stay with the nurses and affect every aspect of their lives.
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Also especially British, com路part路men路tal路ise .

Origin of compartmentalize

First recorded in 1920鈥25; compartmental + -ize

OTHER WORDS FROM compartmentalize

com路part路men路tal路i路za路tion [kuhm-pahrt-men-tl-ahy-zey-shuhn, kom-pahrt-], /k蓹m p蓱rt藢m蓻n tl藢a瑟藞ze瑟 蕛蓹n, 藢k蓲m p蓱rt-/, nounde路com路part路men路tal路ize, verb (used with object), de路com路part路men路tal路ized, de路com路part路men路tal路iz路ing.
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British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalize

compartmentalize

compartmentalise

/ (藢k蓲mp蓱藧t藞m蓻nt藢la瑟z) /

verb
(usually tr) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree

Derived forms of compartmentalize

compartmentalization or compartmentalisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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