compartmentalize

[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt-]

verb (used with object), com·part·men·tal·ized, com·part·men·tal·iz·ing.

to divide into categories or compartments.

Nearby words

  1. compart,
  2. compartimento,
  3. compartment,
  4. compartmental,
  5. compartmentalization,
  6. compartmentation,
  7. compass,
  8. compass card,
  9. compass course,
  10. 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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British Dictionary definitions for decompartmentalize

compartmentalize

compartmentalise

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 decompartmentalize

compartmentalize

v.

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

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