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compartmentalize (something) into (something)

To separate something into different parts or categories. We'll use cubicles to compartmentalize the office into smaller workspaces.
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compartmentalize something into something

to segment or divide something into smaller things; to assign the parts of something into categories. We will have to compartmentalize this large area into a number of smaller offices. His brain seems to be compartmentalized into a number of different centers.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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women have grown accustomed to compartmentalizing ourselves into a whole host of personas which we occupy simultaneously."
Certainly, in their efforts to integrate their religious understandings into every aspect of their lives, these fundamentalists, the editors note, resist the "compartmentalizing tendencies of the modern social sciences" (p.