Definition of compartmentalize in US English:

compartmentalize

verb

[with object]
  • Divide into sections or categories.

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

compartmentalize

/kəmˌpärtˈmen(t)lˌīz//kəmˌpɑrtˈmɛn(t)lˌaɪz/