Definition of compartmentalize in English:

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Pronunciation: /kɒmpɑːtˈmɛnt(ə)lʌɪz/
(also compartmentalise)


[with object]
Divide into discrete sections or categories: he had the ability to compartmentalize his life
More example sentences
  • I am compartmentalizing them into sections, and setting them up for reuse.
  • I further suggest that the human capacity to compartmentalize categories of thinking is sufficiently great as to permit simultaneous belief in assertions that are contradictory.
  • As such, strategies that tend to compartmentalize individuals into arbitrary categories are not likely to be effective.



Example sentences
  • This is an example of the compartmentalism you will often encounter while traveling to other countries.
  • There is no scope for compartmentalism and turf battles if we are to be successful.
  • Not exactly inappropriate for a festival which fires off broadsides against the smug compartmentalism of contemporary music.


Pronunciation: /kɒmpɑːtmɛnt(ə)lʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • It is one of a kind, from an era before the compartmentalization of popular music into discrete and generally predictable categories robbed it of most of its surprise and much of its interest.
  • He raised an appropriate question when he asked if the compartmentalization of our effort in multiple schemes in a ministry or ministries is actually working.
  • The castle relied heavily on compartmentalization.

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Line breaks: com|part|men¦tal|ize

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