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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.
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Origin of demarcate

First recorded in 1810–20; back formation from demarcation
Related formsde·mar·ca·tor, noun
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verb (tr)
  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 Formsdemarcator, noun
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Word Origin and History for demarcated



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

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