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compartmentalize

[ kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt- ]
/ kəm pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌkɒm pɑrt- /
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verb (used with object), com·part·men·tal·ized, com·part·men·tal·iz·ing.

to divide into categories or compartments.

RELATED WORDS

insulate, sort, interval, group, space, seclude, island, distribute, winnow, sequester, assign, sift, comb, discriminate, compartment, intervene, order, classify

Nearby words

compart, compartimento, compartment, compartmental, compartmentalization, compartmentalize, compartmentation, compass, compass card, compass course, compass deviation
Also especially British, com·part·men·tal·ise.

Origin of compartmentalize

First recorded in 1920–25; compartmental + -ize
Related formscom·part·men·tal·i·za·tion, nounde·com·part·men·tal·i·za·tion, nounde·com·part·men·tal·ize, verb (used with object), de·com·part·men·tal·ized, de·com·part·men·tal·iz·ing.
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Examples from the Web for compartmentalize

  • I feel less—or at least differently—divided, almost forced not to compartmentalize.

    All the Arguments Are Jewish|Don Futterman|April 12, 2012|DAILY BEAST

British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalize

compartmentalize

compartmentalise

/ (ˌkɒmpɑːtˈmɛntəˌlaɪz) /

verb

(usually tr) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree
Derived Formscompartmentalization or compartmentalisation, noun
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Word Origin and History for compartmentalize

compartmentalize


v.

1918, from compartmental + -ize. Related: Compartmentalized; compartmentalizing.

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