Definition of compartmentalize in English:


(also compartmentalise)


  • Divide into discrete sections or categories.

    ‘he had the ability to compartmentalize his life’
    • ‘And so is she, although obviously, being a woman she is able to compartmentalize this sort of thing better.’
    • ‘I am compartmentalizing them into sections, and setting them up for reuse.’
    • ‘As such, strategies that tend to compartmentalize individuals into arbitrary categories are not likely to be effective.’
    • ‘Maybe it speaks to my ability to hide my feelings/thoughts/past, or maybe it speaks to my ability to compartmentalize my thoughts/feelings/past, or maybe it's just a part of moving on and moving apart.’
    • ‘We seem to have the mental ability to compartmentalise issues and problems when it suits us.’
    • ‘They keep these worlds separate and tend to compartmentalize any dissonance they might feel.’
    • ‘He had long before developed an ability to compartmentalise his life.’
    • ‘All of that would have been compartmentalized and forgotten had he won, of course.’
    • ‘So adept was I at burying my real feelings and compartmentalizing myself that I eventually had myself convinced I enjoyed it.’
    • ‘That's not about knowledge of cold, hard facts - that's about a modest analytical ability to compartmentalise unassociated information.’
    • ‘So if these are important spies, you need separate teams of spymasters and supporting crews that are compartmentalized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Admittedly this compartmentalizes him too much.’
    • ‘Washington had no talent for compartmentalizing the separate parts of his life.’
    • ‘In addition, this method of inquiry asks community members to separate or compartmentalize specific components of their environment.’
    • ‘You can deter it, you can limit the effectiveness of it by compartmentalizing information, but if you overdo that, then you can't really run your organization very effectively.’
    • ‘I've heard plenty of folks talk about compartmentalizing their lives - that work has a place, and home has a place, and love has a place, and that in order to function, they need to keep all of these things separate.’
    • ‘He compartmentalizes the disparate aspects of his life and shifts gears between them on the spot, rarely looking back.’
    • ‘This will allow you to fully compartmentalize your chest into upper and lower sections and to focus more intensely on each area.’
    • ‘Sustainable farming practices allow the natural integration of farming, wildlife, conservation and society whereas currently conventional thinking attempts to compartmentalise these as separate concerns.’
    categorize, pigeonhole, sectionalize, bracket, separate, distinguish, group
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