- 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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- to mark, fix, or draw the boundaries, limits, etc, of
- to separate or distinguish between (areas with unclear boundaries)
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1816, back-formation from demarcation. Related: Demarcated; demarcating.
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