[ kuhm-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt- ]
/ kəm pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌkɒm pɑrt- /
verb (used with object), com·part·men·tal·ized, com·part·men·tal·iz·ing.
to divide into categories or compartments.
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Also especially British, com·part·men·tal·ise .
OTHER WORDS FROM compartmentalizecom·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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Example sentences from the Web for compartmentalize
I feel less—or at least differently—divided, almost forced not to compartmentalize.
British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalize
/ (ˌkɒmpɑːtˈmɛntəˌlaɪz) /
(usually tr) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree
Derived forms of compartmentalizecompartmentalization or compartmentalisation, noun
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