I. noun Etymology: Middle French compartiment, from Italian compartimento, from compartire to mark out in parts, from Late Latin compartiri to share out, from Latin com- + partiri to share, from part-, pars part, share Date: circa 1578 1. a separate division or section 2. one of the parts into which an enclosed space is divided • compartmental adjective II. transitive verb Date: 1918 compartmentalize

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