compartmentalize definition

  • verb-transitive:
    • To separate into distinct parts, categories, or compartments: "You learn . . . even the ability to compartmentalize ethics” ( Ellen Goodman).
    • to split up into distinct parts, groups, or compartments: "You learn . . . even capacity to compartmentalize ethics” ( Ellen Goodman).
  • verb:
    • to split up anything into various categories or compartments.
    • separate into isolated compartments or groups
    • to split up anything into different groups or compartments.
    • individual into remote compartments or groups

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