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[kuh m-pahrt-men-tl-ahyz, kom-pahrt-] /kəm pɑrtˈmɛn tlˌaɪz, ˌkɒm pɑrt-/

verb (used with object), compartmentalized, compartmentalizing.
to divide into categories or .
(usually transitive) to put or divide into (compartments, categories, etc), esp to an excessive degree

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


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