demarcate

[ dih-mahr-keyt, dee-mahr-keyt ]
/ dɪˈmɑr keɪt, ˈdi mɑrˌkeɪt /

verb (used with object), de·mar·cat·ed, de·mar·cat·ing.

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.

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Origin of demarcate

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from demarcation

OTHER WORDS FROM demarcate

de·mar·ca·tor, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for demarcate

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

    The Curator's Tale|Ellen Lupton|July 7, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • Out at Hillside the stones that demarcate the territory of an old-fashioned house are new and snowily whitewashed.

    Pipefuls|Christopher Morley
  • General Liu and I proposed to demarcate south of the Taiping.

    A Civil Servant in Burma|Herbert Thirkel White

British Dictionary definitions for demarcate

demarcate
/ (ˈdiːmɑːˌkeɪt) /

verb (tr)

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

Derived forms of demarcate

demarcator, noun
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