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English definition of “compartmentalize”

compartmentalize

verb [T] (UK usually compartmentalise)     /ˌkɒm.pɑːtˈmen.təl.aɪz/ US  /ˌkɑːm.pɑːrtˈmen.t̬əl-/
to separate something into parts and not allow those parts to mix together: His life was carefully compartmentalized, with his work in one city and his social life in another.Isolating and separating
(Definition of compartmentalize verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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