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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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  • Yes, but there are problems with looking at this way- the speech had several compartmentalized sections.
  • The position continues to be minimized and compartmentalized.
  • Modular luggage is compartmentalized so each section will hold a particular item.
  • Official sources cast doubt on the claim, although there's a chance that news of his capture would be highly compartmentalized.
  • They feel good because the job is compartmentalized.
  • They have successfully compartmentalized their beliefs.
  • Around a table are five characters, each compartmentalized by his individual kvetch.
  • He balanced these two interests uneasily and similarly compartmentalized his life and relationships.
  • Home improvement used to be a compartmentalized industry, dominated by professional builders.
  • She has sanitized, deodorized and compartmentalized herself into an ordered, empty existence.
British Dictionary definitions for compartmentalized

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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Word Origin and History for compartmentalized

compartmentalize

v.

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

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