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[dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt] /dɪˈmɑr keɪt, ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), demarcated, demarcating.
to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of:
to demarcate a piece of property.
to separate distinctly:
to demarcate the lots with fences.
Origin of demarcate
First recorded in 1810-20; back formation from demarcation
Related forms
demarcator, noun Unabridged
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  • Let us next consider how the area is demarcated from the surrounding regions.

    Modern Geography Marion I. Newbigin
  • On the other side, it is demarcated from the region in which impulse is a law unto itself.

  • These were demarcated by various landmarks, crosses, holy images, etc.; and "the bounds" were beaten every year.

    German Culture Past and Present Ernest Belfort Bax
  • It is not likely that new difficulties will arise on this side, although the boundary has not been demarcated.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • The boundaries of the state were demarcated, disarmament was carried out, and the construction of roads was pushed forward.

British Dictionary definitions for demarcated


verb (transitive)
to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
Derived Forms
demarcator, noun
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Word Origin and History for demarcated



1816, back-formation from demarcation. Related: Demarcated; demarcating.

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