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[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt-] /kəm pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌkɒm pɑrt-/
verb (used with object), compartmentalized, compartmentalizing.
to divide into categories or compartments.
Origin of compartmentalize
1920-25; compartmental + -ize
Related forms
compartmentalization, noun
decompartmentalization, noun
decompartmentalize, verb (used with object), decompartmentalized, decompartmentalizing. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for compartmentalize
  • Try to compartmentalize your thoughts and build suspense around the transition fun each topic.
  • To compartmentalize thus is to ignore the power of our example in the world.
  • compartmentalize and regulate reactions with membranes then use receptor sites to regulate the membranes.
  • It would be nuts to compartmentalize the investigations if one were making a serious criminal investigative effort.
  • It was always my view that they wanted to compartmentalize him.
  • And it ignores the human capacity to compartmentalize.
  • Few are able to compartmentalize so completely, and doing so likely has pretty severe costs for all.
  • If one wants to retain both in one's mind then one needs to compartmentalize them.
  • It seems many people have the ability to compartmentalize and approach some issues more openly than others.
  • Instead, people learned to compartmentalize and accept that threat as a regrettable part of life.
British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalize


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

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

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