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compartmentalize

[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt-] /kəm pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌkɒm pɑrt-/
verb (used with object), compartmentalized, compartmentalizing.
1.
to divide into categories or compartments.
Also, especially British, compartmentalise.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25; compartmental + -ize
Related forms
compartmentalization, noun
decompartmentalization, noun
decompartmentalize, verb (used with object), decompartmentalized, decompartmentalizing.
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British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalise

compartmentalize

/ˌkɒmpɑːtˈmɛntəˌlaɪz/
verb
1.
(usually transitive) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree
Derived Forms
compartmentalization, compartmentalisation, noun
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