- 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
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Contemporary Examples of demarcate
We used Flor Fedora carpet tiles to demarcate the display areas, in place of heavy platforms.The Curator's Tale
July 7, 2010
Historical Examples of demarcate
- to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
- to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
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Word Origin and History for demarcate
1816, back-formation from demarcation. Related: Demarcated; demarcating.
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