from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To separate into distinct parts, categories, or compartments: "You learn . . . even the ability to compartmentalize ethics” ( Ellen Goodman).
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- v. To separate something into different categories or compartments.
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- v. separate into isolated compartments or categories
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The Maldives 'president, Mohamed Nasheed, told the two to "compartmentalize" their problems.
MANN: We do deal directly with families and I think when we work in cases that where forensic scientists are able to kind of compartmentalize our motions, I think we're able to see through what we're doing so that we can stay focused and we can achieve the task at hand.
Let's just say I don't think they are able to "compartmentalize" very well.
This is at once his greatest strength and his greatest weakness; the price he pays for his intense focus — his ability to "compartmentalize" — is perhaps its flip side: tunnel vision.
I am also diverse enough that I can "compartmentalize".
Knapp allegedly told the agents he could "compartmentalize," and justify the sale to Iran, because he believe the United States could shoot down any F-5.
Among multi-network users, a quarter of them do it to "compartmentalize" their lives, with the majority aiming to separate personal and professional activities.
But it's not the first time that trying to "compartmentalize" risk -- to keep it contained -- hasn't worked the way it was supposed to.
I have come to expect this from liberals after their 8 year crusade, the theme of which was that lying scoundrels can "compartmentalize" between their public and private life and that their academic achievements and good looks justify their chicanery.
Sharon: Yes, I wish I could have the power to transfer our conditions just for a day - the people who run this have an ablist view, as they drive away, thinking, "I have to compartmentalize my life" because of course all the people with Lupus and Rapid progressive MS and CFS and other condition they take care of can "compartmentalize" thier life and make Lupus keep to a plan and have instead of a work/life balance have a Lupus/Life balance where weekends are sacred.