compartmentalize

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com·part·men·tal·ize / kəmˌpärtˈmentlˌīz/ • v. [tr.] divide into sections or categories: he had the ability to compartmentalize his life. DERIVATIVES: com·part·men·tal·ism / -ˌizəm/ n. com·part·men·tal·i·za·tion / kəmˌpärtˌmentl-əˈzāshən/ n.