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verb (used with object)
  1. to fix or mark the limits or boundaries of; demarcate: A ravine delimited the property on the north.
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Origin of delimit

1850–55; < French délimiter < Latin dēlīmitāre, equivalent to dē- de- + līmitāre to limit
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Related Words for delimit

demarcate, bound, mark, limit, determine, measure, specify, define, delimitate

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Historical Examples of delimit

  • Other times have already been used to describe, define, and delimit this (brief) time.

    Essays in Experimental Logic

    John Dewey

  • Accordingly commissioners were appointed on both sides to determine and delimit the boundary as drawn by the treaty of 1846.

  • Her female nature was supposed to delimit her life satisfactorily, and her human stature was completely ignored.

  • Is it not precisely those qualities which no sublunar systems of computing time can affect or delimit?

    The Book-Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • Up to some point, difficult certainly to delimit, a man must be captain of his soul.

British Dictionary definitions for delimit



  1. (tr) to mark or prescribe the limits or boundaries of; demarcate
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Derived Formsdelimitation, noundelimitative, adjective
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Word Origin and History for delimit


1852, from French délimiter (18c.), from Latin delimitare "to mark out as a boundary," from de- (see de-) + limitare, from limitem, limes "boundary, limit" (see limit (n.)). Related: Delimited; delimiting.

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