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[ dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt ]

verb (used with object)

, de·mar·cat·ed, de·mar·cat·ing.
  1. to determine or mark off the boundaries or limits of:

    to demarcate a piece of property.

  2. to separate distinctly:

    to demarcate the lots with fences.


/ ˈdiːmɑːˌkeɪt /


  1. to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
  2. to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)

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Derived Forms

  • ˈdemarˌcator, noun

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Other Words From

  • de·marca·tor noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of demarcate1

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from demarcation

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Example Sentences

For millennia, humans have been “up with the chickens,” demarcating time by the rooster’s crow.

They’re helpfully demarcated on the eastern side of the freeway.

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Moving a cursor inside the narrowly demarcated blast radius one comes across dots or particles that can be clicked on.

Sam’s room was the living room and had a hanging sheet demarcating it.

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The discovery of the genome a century after Darwin published On the Origin of Species seemed to demarcate an upper limit.

We used Flor Fedora carpet tiles to demarcate the display areas, in place of heavy platforms.

Out at Hillside the stones that demarcate the territory of an old-fashioned house are new and snowily whitewashed.

General Liu and I proposed to demarcate south of the Taiping.


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